• Teacher Education Department English as a Second Language Additional License (K-12)

    Online and On Campus

    All ESL licensure courses are available online as well as on campus. Hamline has been offering ESL licensure courses online since 2004 and has crafted an online educational format that maintains rigor as well as personal interaction, ensuring that an online license is just as high quality as one taken on campus. ESL licensure courses are offered with the working adult in mind, with day, evening, and Saturday classes available.

    High Quality

    Hamline's ESL licensure program is recognized by the leading international organization Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Hamline's program is the only one in the region to receive such recognition.

    Growing Field

    ESL teachers fill many roles, providing both language and academic support to their students. They are crucial in advocating for their students within the school system and in educating their colleagues about English language learners. A career as an ESL teacher is challenging because of the complex issues that ESL students face in the schools, yet rewarding because ESL teachers have such a significant impact on students' lives.

    Who may enroll?

    Applicants must already be licensed to teach and hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5.

    If English is your second language, a TOEFL score of 90 on the internet-based test, 233 on the computer-based, or 577 on the paper-based; a 5.0 on the TWE; or 80 on the MELAB. Degree completion from a U.S. university can be substituted for the TOEFL. A score of 6.5-7 on the IELTS is equivalent to these TOEFL scores.

    State Eligibility (Online Program Only):
    If you are applying to the English as a Second Language Additional License (K-12) online program, please confirm that you reside in a state where Hamline University is authorized to provide online education. (Eligibility by state)


    Courses cover topics such as linguistics, second language acquisition, developing literacy in a second language, teaching methods, grammar, testing and evaluation, and sociolinguistics.

    View a list of required courses
    View course listing on Piperline

    Advanced Practicum

    An advanced practicum experience in ESL at both secondary and elementary levels is required for this license. The length and grade level(s) of this practicum will vary according to your previous teaching experience, and range between 1 and 6 credits.

    Staff Advisors:  Alyssa Vaj and Kate O'Brien (contact with general inquires, questions about course scheduling/registration, and to set up initial-advising appointments)

    Faculty Program Coordinator: Ann Mabbott, Ph.D. (contact with feedback or questions about the program)

    Department Chair: Rachel Endo, Ph.D.

  • State Eligibility and Complaint Process

    State Eligibility

    Hamline University, like all higher education institutions, is required to obtain authorization from individual states to enroll students residing outside of Minnesota. Hamline can enroll students residing in most states, but please confirm whether your state is among the eligible states.  

    Complaint Process

    Hamline University is committed to providing outstanding online education. If you have a question, concern, or complaint about your online education experience at Hamline, please review our complaint process for online education at Hamline.