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English as a Second Language Endorsement

This program is available online – learn more at K-State Global Campus.

The English as a Second Language endorsement is open to licensed teachers in Kansas, and all course work is available online.

This is a nationally recognized program for educators seeking to increase their knowledge and learn new strategies for working with culturally and linguistically diverse students, and to assist students in continuing to make academic progress while they learn the English language. The program has been developed for teachers at all grade levels and content areas.

Courses in this program can be used toward a Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction.


Required Courses (15 credit hours)
  • EDCI 720 – ESL/Dual Language Methods (3 credits)
  • EDCI 731 – ESL/Dual Language Linguistics (3 credits)
  • EDCI 740 – Culture and Language in Classroom Practice (3 credits)
  • EDCI 742 – ESL/Dual Language Assessment (3 credits)
  • EDCI 745 – ESL/Dual Language Elementary Practicum (3 credits)
    EDCI 746 – ESL/Dual Language Secondary Practicum (3 credits)

Course descriptions can be viewed under Curriculum and Instruction, Section G6 in the Graduate Catalog.

The ESL courses use curricula aligned to the following national standards and benchmarks:

  • Common Core State Standards
  • TESOL/NCATE Standards for P-12 Teacher Education Programs
  • Center for Research on Education, Diversity and Excellence
  • National Board for Professional Teaching Standards
  • Response to Intervention
  • Multi-Tier System of Supports

Endorsement Credentials

Upon completion of the curriculum for the English as a second language endorsement program, individuals must apply for endorsement credentials. For more information about licensing and endorsement programs, visit the License Application Information webpage.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have graduate status, previous teaching experience and current access to a classroom to try out classroom strategies.


Deadlines for Domestic Students

Applications are accepted throughout the year.      

Deadlines for International Students
  • January 1 for Fall (August enrollment)
  • August 1 for Spring (January enrollment)
  • December 1 for Summer (June enrollment)

How to Apply

Graduate school applications for domestic students and international students are available as well as an orientation to distance learning at Kansas State University.

Students who wish to enroll as a nondegree-seeking student can visit the How to Enroll page for more information.

Students who wish to enroll as a College of Education graduate student must be admitted to the K-State Graduate School. A student with a bachelor's degree with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 from an accredited institution can expect to be admitted to the program.

Primary Language

To demonstrate competence in the English language, an official report of scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System - academic exam (IELTS) or Pearson Test of English (PTE) must be sent to Kansas State University for all applicants whose primary language is not English.

Learn more about English proficiency requirements.