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

    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.


    ESL licensure courses are offered with the working adult in mind, with day, evening, and Saturday classes available. All licensure courses are also available online. Courses cover topics such as linguistics, second language acquisition, developing literacy in a second language, teaching methods, grammar, testing and evaluation, and sociolinguistics.

    Licensure Requirements

    • 2 semesters of college level foreign language, 4 semesters of high school foreign language, or documentation proving equivalent hours.
    • First License

    Required Licensure Coursework

    • ESL 7519 Linguistics for Language Teachers (take first); 4cr
    • ESL 7650 Basics of Modern English; 4cr
    • ESL 7660 Second Language Acquisition; 3cr
    • LANG 7901 Foundations of Reading: K-12; 3cr (required for those without an elementary license; take before ESL 7755)
    • ESL 7755 Development of Literacy Skills; 3cr (take before ESL Methods) (2 hours of field experience required)
    • ESL 7753 Testing and Evaluation; 2cr
    • ESL 7610 History of English; 1cr
    • ESL 7502 Language and Society; 4cr
    • ESL 7776 ESL Methods (take last); 4cr (4 hours of field experience required)
    • ESL 0790 Practicum Seminar; 0cr (take 3 months prior to student teaching)
    • ESL 7790 Advanced Practicum; credit varies
    • MTLE II ESL Content Knowledge 

    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.

    Additional Licensure Advisor (including ESL additional licensure)
    Alyssa Vaj, avaj01@hamline.edu

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