"Ms. Yang’s Class," by Jerry Jordan

Students with a special interest in teaching English language learners should consider this minor, which leads to certification in English as a Second Language (ESL) from kindergarten through grade 12. Only fluency in English is required to teach ESL.

The ESL minor was designed to be completed in tandem with the Elementary Education certification program; only students also completing Elementary Education may declare this minor.

How to Get In

This minor may only be declared by students completing the Elementary Education program. The declaration is made at the time of program application.


Complete the following course work in addition to the degree requirements of Elementary Education. Certification in English as a Second Language, Kindergarten through Grade 12 requires the completion of the Elementary Education degree program. The four requirements listed here will also fulfill the 6 credits of electives required for Elementary Education.

CURRIC 338 Linguistics for Teachers3
CURRIC 311 Language Acquisition for Multilingual Learners3
CURRIC 316 ESL/Bilingual Methods3
Complete 3 credits of Elementary Education K-9 program electives, excluding these three required courses. 13
Total Credits12

Not required if completing both ESL and Early Childhood minors.