ESL Add-On Licensure

Program Application

The ESL Add-On Licensure Program is offered both via distance education and on-campus for those who wish to take advantage of a more traditional classroom format. It is intended for undergraduate teacher education majors or currently employed North Carolina teachers holding a current initial or continuing license in another field. 

The distance education option is unique among approved licensure programs. It offers teachers the ability to complete licensure course work online. This will help teachers who do not live close to licensure programs to complete the requirements for ESL licensure without traveling to campus.

The program requires four courses (12 credits total):

FL 424/524: Linguistics for ESL Professionals (3 credits) - Offered in Fall or Spring, DE only. Fulfills ENG 210 Linguistic requirement. Study of the diachronic nature of language and the phonological, morphological, syntactic, and semantic features of English in relation to other world language groups. Application of linguistic principles to the ESL classroom. Analysis of English speech and writing patterns of non-native speakers. Examination of the ways children, adolescents, and adults learn a second language.

FL/ECI 436/536: Perspectives on English as a New Language (3 credits) - Offered in Fall; DE only. Fulfills ENG Elective requirement.  Examination of the complexity of multiculturalism in American society and the challenges faced by immigrant families in adapting to U.S. institutions. Emphasis on understanding historical, legal, cultural and pedagogical issues with respect to learning English as a new language (ENL).

FL/ECI 427/527: Methods and Materials in Teaching English as a Second Language (3 credits) - Offered in Fall or Spring; DE/face-to-face  Methodologies and current approaches to teaching English as a Second Language. Techniques and strategies for teaching reading, writing, listening, speaking and culture. Selection, adaptation, and creation of instructional materials for various levels of proficiency and teaching situations. Evaluation and assessment of written and oral language proficiency through standardized and non-standardized assessment tools.

FL 440: Internship in Teaching English as a Second Language (3 credits) - Offered in Fall, Spring, Summer; Admission to ESL Licensure Program, Corequisite: Teacher Licensure in any primary area. Skills and techniques required in teaching ESL in a public school setting. 15 hours of classroom observation and 30 hours in direct instruction. Demonstration of competencies essential for teaching ESL. The internship field experience is a placement in an ESL K-12 public school setting, working under the supervision of an ESL cooperating teacher. The internship course is the culmination of the program.

A grade of C or better is required in all of the professional ESL add-on licensure courses. Candidates must maintain a C average in each of the four courses to remain in the NC State ESL licensure program. They are also required to take and pass the Praxis II for ESL after the completion of the course work.

Licensure applicants must have studied the equivalent of one semester of college-level foreign language and must have received a grade of "C" or higher prior or during their coursework. Teacher education students at North Carolina State University are exempt from the foreign language requirement. 

Non-native speakers of English must achieve a score of 100 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT) with a Speaking section score not lower than 28 as entrance requirements into the program.   Non-native speakers of English who have lived in the U.S. since the age of 8 and demonstrate native-like proficiency in all four language skills may petition to have the TOEFL score requirement waived.

ESL Licensure-Only Program candidates enrolled in Distance Education courses may be eligible for financial aid. Please visit the NC State Financial Aid website or email at financialaid@ncsu.edu or call 919-515-2421.

We have rolling admission; however, prospective applicants are encouraged to apply early so that their applications are processed in time for course registration. 

Please contact Dr. Jillian Haeseler, ESL Director, for more information. Tel. 919-515-9299. jshaesel@ncsu.edu