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Endorsement

The Fischler College of Education is no longer accepting new applicants for this program.

The ESOL endorsement program is available to Florida teachers who possess certification in other subject areas to teach students who are designated as being limited English proficient (LEP) and who are in ESOL programs.

For Students with Previously Earned College Degrees

  • Completed admission application packet, including $50 nonrefundable application fee made payable to Nova Southeastern University
  • A copy of the transcript from the last institution from which a degree was earned

For Students with Degrees Earned Outside the United States

  • Completed admission application packet, including $50 nonrefundable application fee made payable to Nova Southeastern University
  • A copy of a course-by-course transcript evaluation with GPA calculation and official English translation, if necessary, from Josef Silny & Associates, World Education Services, or other National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) member
  • For non-native English speakers, official test scores showing a minimum score of 213 on the computer-based or 550 on the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam, 480 on the verbal section of the SAT, a grade of “C” or better in a composition course at a regionally accredited college or university in the U.S., or 6.0 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam

(15 CREDITS)

ESOL 2903 - Cross Cultural Studies
This course will enable students to expand their knowledge of a multiplicity of cultural groups nationwide. This knowledge will allow them to identify culture-specific verbal and nonverbal communications and school behaviors resulting from cultural variations and their influence on student behavior/attitudes. The use of recent research findings and cross-cultural awareness will assist participants in maximizing student learning and in designing culturally-sensitive instructional materials while exhibiting appropriate teacher behaviors in cross-cultural school settings. In addition to class meetings, a 10 hour virtual field experience is required for this course.
Prerequisite/s: None

ESOL 4901 - Methods of Teaching Language to Speakers of Other Languages
This course will assist participants in identifying and selecting instructional strategies, approaches, and materials for the development of listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in ESOL classrooms. Knowledge of these elements will be demonstrated by development and presentation of lesson plans appropriately based on age, language proficiency, cultural background and learning styles. A 10 hour field experience is required for this course.
Prerequisite/s: ESOL 2903

ESOL 4902 - ESOL Curriculum and Materials
This course will assist participants in identifying and selecting instructional strategies, approaches, and materials for the development of listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in ESOL classrooms. Knowledge of these elements will be demonstrated by development and presentation of lesson plans appropriately based on age, language proficiency, cultural background and learning styles. A 10 hour field experience is required for this course.
Prerequisite/s: ESOL 2903

ESOL 4904 - Linguistics for ESOL Educators
This course provides insight into dialect diversity and the structure of language, including phonology, morphology, and syntax. Causes of linguistic interference for students from diverse language backgrounds are analyzed. An emphasis is placed on students being able to apply the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) for purposes of spoken language analysis. Students will analyze language and determine appropriate instructional strategies, using knowledge of phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and discourse. A course in applied linguistics is essential to understand how first and second languages develop in students. For the teacher of LEP students significant insights can be made regarding the student?s rate of progress in learning a new language and the potential difficulties that student might encounter. This course is required by all students seeking their ESOL endorsement. Students should check with their advisors as to the full sequence of ESOL course that they may be required to take to obtain their ESOL endorsement.
Prerequisite/s: ESOL 2903

ESOL 4905 - Testing and Evaluation in ESOL
Participants will learn to identify suitable ESOL assessment instruments and placement tests for ESOL students. Identification of available tests and construction of necessary ESOL test items in the cultural and language arts areas will be learned. The design and interpretation of appropriate testing--proficiency and achievement measures--as well as the interpretation of such assessment, will be stressed. Traditional assessment procedures as well as authentic assessment will be incorporated into required activities. The bilingual/special education interface is also considered. A variety of necessary record keeping methods for different types of assessment will be discussed and used in assignments. A 10 hour field experience is required for this course.
Pre-requisite/s: ESOL 2903

Coursework in the ESOL endorsement is available to working professionals fully online. The online program allows students to receive and submit coursework and interact with participants and professors via the Internet, which allows busy professionals to complete their credential without having to leave their jobs or travel long distances.

Satisfactory completion of required coursework

The ESOL endorsement, state approved in Florida, provides the competencies necessary to meet all Florida Department of Education requirements for teaching LEP students in ESOL programs. Students who successfully complete the required coursework must apply for endorsement through the Florida Department of Education. Information about the process can be found at www.fldoe.org/edcert/add_endorse_pro.asp.

Financial Aid: 1-800-806-3680

Enrollment Counselor: 1-800-986-3223 Ext. 28500

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