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MDE PK-12 English as a Second Language (ESL) Endorsement

Overview & Requirements
Course Sequences

Interns may elect the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) PreK-12 English as a Second Language (ESL) endorsement by completing a sequence of courses and clinical experiences, focused on English Language Development (ELD), during their elementary or secondary certification programs at the undergraduate or master’s levels. Fully approved by the State of Michigan, the ELD Coursework is a 20-credit, six course sequence, which meets Michigan state standards and prepares interns to take the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) ESL exam. Interns who complete all requirements for certification and the ELD coursework are fully prepared to teach and co-teach multilingual learners (MLs) in the State of Michigan. The PreK-12th endorsement offers career flexibility. Students who elect to pursue ELD will receive a $3,000 scholarship to help cover the tuition costs of the endorsement.

Program goals

We aim to develop teachers who have the practical skills and knowledge to

  • create meaningful instruction drawing on their specialized knowledge about the English language;
  • use formal and informal assessments to assess the needs of multilingual learners and their families and design pathways for their full participation in the school community;
  • draw on the full range of knowledge of students, their families, and their communities as they design culturally responsive instruction;
  • teach multilingual learners the language and interactional skills to facilitate their entry into school and support their success in increasingly complex social contexts;
  • plan, enact, and assess instruction in the areas of literacy and academic content to provide full, equitable access to the learning of content for multilingual learners;
  • design and use multiple models of instruction including full integration of multilingual learners into the regular classroom setting;
  • advocate for multilingual learners by leading and collaborating with and serving as resources to their colleagues in their schools and communities and to families.
Reasons interns elect this endorsement

Interns elect this endorsement because they...

  • see meeting both the academic content and language needs of multilingual learners as an opportunity to act on their commitments to social justice through education. 
  • want to be classroom teachers who are well prepared to serve the increasing numbers of students who are learning English while in grade-level classrooms. 
  • want to improve professional marketability and flexibility with an additional endorsement that is PreK-12th and makes teaching in grade bands beyond those of initial certification possible.
  • apply for classroom teaching positions in states and districts that include multilingual learners and find that hiring committees are seeking classroom teachers with these additional skills. (in some states it is required)
  • intend to work as an ELD teacher or desire the flexibility to apply for those positions in the future. 
  • plan to teach in international contexts and the ELD coursework provides them with the knowledge and credentials to be viable candidates for these positions.

Requirements

All interns must meet the following requirements to elect to participate in the ELD Coursework.

Minimum Credit Hours Required
20

Provide evidence of experience learning a world language

Interns who elect the ELD Coursework must provide evidence of significant world language learning experience either through two semesters of college coursework (provide transcripts), or through documented life experience, including native language proficiency or other experiences.

MTTC ESL endorsement test

Interns must pass the Michigan Department of Education MTTC ESL exam for endorsement. The MTTC will be taken in July, after all courses for the endorsement are completed.

Spring and Summer coursework credits

20

Interns pay for and complete courses in Spring and Summer semesters to finish course requirements in the ELD Coursework. Financial Aid (including federal student loans and/or scholarship support) may be available for these terms of enrollment.

Interns complete one of the following courses depending on their certification program:

All interns complete the following courses:

These courses are completed in a specific sequence.

Satisfactory progress

Interns must demonstrate satisfactory progress toward earning their elementary or secondary certification in order to participate in the ELD Coursework and fieldwork. Satisfactory progress will be determined by course grades, consistent high-quality practice in fieldwork, and consultation with the ELD Coordinator and the Chairs of Elementary and Secondary Teacher Education.

2016 SESLA participant talking to students

ELD Intern Testimonials

Read what interns from the Marsal School had to say about their experience in the ELD coursework.

Connect with us

Please contact the ELD Coursework coordinator with your questions.

ELD Coursework Coordinator

Susan Atkins
satkins@umich.edu
(734) 239-2151

Location

610 E. University Avenue
Room 1302 A
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1259

Office Hours

Monday–Friday
8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Portrait of 2020 SESLA participant Katherine Hamilton
Katherine Hamilton

Katherine Hamilton—Master's 2020

Why did you decide to obtain an endorsement in ESL?
For better chance at getting hired & because I think ESL is important for all teachers to know how to teach.

 

What was the most important thing you learned through this experience that you are taking with you into your own classroom?
Explicit teaching and instruction is key to creating a learning space online. Any vague instruction can lead to confusion and inaction. Making sure that I give really clear directions and have a clear sense of what direction the class is taking is important to being able to facilitate everything else. Also, relationship building is key, especially online!

 

 

Portrait of 2020 SESLA participant Chelsea Froning
Chelsea Froning

Chelsea Froning—Master's 2020

Why did you decide to obtain an endorsement in ESL?
To be able to more effectively serve ELL populations in schools

 

What was the most important thing you learned through this experience that you are taking with you into your own classroom?
Wait time and materials prep time are crucial!

 

 

Portrait of 2020 SESLA participant Conor Callam
Conor Callam

Conor Callam—Master's 2020

Why did you decide to obtain an endorsement in ESL?
Although I will not be teaching in and ESL position next year, I wanted to obtain an ESL endorsement to improve my teaching practice and continue to learn how to teach equitably for all students in my classroom.

 

What was the most important thing you learned through this experience that you are taking with you into your own classroom?
The most important thing that I learned through the SESLA experience is that it is possible to foster a cohesive classroom community, even when teaching online.

 

 

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Celeste Havercamp—Master's 2020

Why did you decide to obtain an endorsement in ESL?
I think the skills I learned about through this endorsement are relevant and practical for any and all teachers.

 

What was the most important thing you learned through this experience that you are taking with you into your own classroom?
I liked how the curriculum brought up current issues honestly and directly but also focused on what students can do, i.e. using their voices. This was empowering [for the students] while not glazing over difficult topics.

 

 

Course Sequences

 

The ELD Coursework is scheduled at times that do not conflict with any required courses in the undergraduate or MAC programs. Ideally, coursework should be completed in the sequence outlined below; please discuss exceptions to this with the Teacher Education advisors and the ELD Coursework.

Elementary Undergraduate ELD Coursework Sequence
Semester Course Credits Notes
Fall
(Aug/Sep–Dec)
No ELD Coursework    
Winter
(Jan15–April/May)
EDUC 407 – Literacy 4: Teaching Language, Literacy, and Academic Content to Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners 3 EDUC 407 is required for both ELD Coursework and regular certification
EDUC 593 – Language Development & Second Language Learning 3 Class sessions are completed at the same time as student teaching
Spring
(May–early Jun)
EDUC 592 – Methods for Teaching Language & Literacy to K-12 Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners 4 All ELD interns
EDUC 594 – Education in a Multilingual Society 3 Elementary undergraduate, Secondary undergraduate, and SECMAC interns only
EDUC 595 – Leadership and Advocacy Practices for Teachers of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students 4 All ELD interns
Summer
(mid-Jun–mid-July)
EDUC 590 – Applying ELD Theory to Practice 3 All ELD interns
  • 3 weeks
  • Mon–Fri
  • Usually concludes between July 9–12
Total credits: 20
Complete coursework in senior year.
ELMAC ELD Coursework Sequence
Semester Course Credits Notes
Summer
(mid-Jun–mid-July)
EDUC 594 – Education in a Multilingual Society 3 EDUC 594 is required for both ELD Coursework and regular certification
Fall
(Aug/Sep–Dec)
No ELD Coursework    
Winter
(Jan–April/May)
EDUC 407 – Literacy 4: Teaching Language, Literacy, and Academic Content to Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners 3 EDUC 407 is required for both ELD Coursework and regular certification
EDUC 593 – Language Development & Second Language Learning 3 Elementary undergraduate and ELMAC interns only
Spring
(May–early Jun)
EDUC 592 – Methods for Teaching Language & Literacy to K-12 Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners 4 All ELD interns
EDUC 595 – Leadership and Advocacy Practices for Teachers of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students 4 All ELD interns
Summer
(mid-Jun–mid-July)
EDUC 590 – Applying ELD Theory to Practice 3 All ELD interns
  • 3 weeks
  • Mon–Fri
  • Usually concludes between July 9–12
Total credits: 20
Secondary Undergraduate ELD Coursework Sequence
Semester Course Credits Notes
Fall
(Aug/Sep–Dec)
EDUC 593 – Language Development & Second Language Learning 3 Secondary undergraduate and SECMAC interns only
Winter
(Jan–April/May)
EDUC 490 – Teaching Language, Literacy, and Academic Content to Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners 3 Secondary undergraduate and SECMAC interns only
Spring
(May–early Jun)
EDUC 592 – Methods for Teaching Language & Literacy to K-12 Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners 4 All ELD interns
EDUC 594 – Education in a Multilingual Society 3 Elementary undergraduate, Secondary undergraduate, and SECMAC interns only
EDUC 595 – Leadership and Advocacy Practices for Teachers of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students 4 All ELD interns
Summer
(mid-Jun–mid-July)
EDUC 590 – Applying ELD Theory to Practice 3 All ELD interns
  • 3 weeks
  • Mon–Fri
  • Usually concludes between July 9–12
Total credits: 20
Complete coursework in senior year.
SECMAC ELD Coursework Sequence
Semester Course Credits Notes
Fall
(Aug/Sep–Dec)
EDUC 593 – Language Development & Second Language Learning 3 Secondary undergraduate and SECMAC interns only
Winter
(Jan–April/May)
EDUC 490 – Teaching Language, Literacy, and Academic Content to Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners 3 Secondary undergraduate and SECMAC interns only
Spring
(May–early Jun)
EDUC 592 – Methods for Teaching Language & Literacy to K-12 Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners 4 All ELD interns
EDUC 594 – Education in a Multilingual Society 3 Elementary undergraduate, Secondary undergraduate, and SECMAC interns only
EDUC 595 – Leadership and Advocacy Practices for Teachers of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students 4 All ELD interns
Summer
(mid-Jun–mid-July)
EDUC 590 – Applying ELD Theory to Practice 3 All ELD interns
  • 3 weeks
  • Mon–Fri
  • Usually concludes between July 9–12
Total credits: 20

Connect with us

Please contact the ELD Coursework coordinator with your questions.

ELD Coursework Coordinator

Susan Atkins
satkins@umich.edu
(734) 239-2151

Location

610 E. University Avenue
Room 1302 A
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1259

Office Hours

Monday–Friday
8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.