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

    Hamline is a state leader in training ESL teachers.

    ESL teachers fill many roles, providing both language and academic support to their students. They are vital in advocating for their students within school systems and in educating their colleagues about English learners. A career as an ESL teacher is challenging due to complex issues English learners face in school, yet rewarding because ESL teachers can have such a positive and significant impact on their students’ lives. 

    With Hamline’s K-12 ESL Licensure program, you will not only learn how to facilitate language acquisition that supports mainstream content, but you can also enjoy the convenience of completing the program entirely online or take courses on campus.

    With a K-12 ESL License from Hamline, you will:

    • Understand language systems and how they relate to instruction.
    • Explore the relationship between language and culture and the impact of language on student learning.
    • Further develop your knowledge of cultural differences and how they manifest in the classroom.
    • Gain the expertise to effectively motivate students while developing and assessing their skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking.
    • Become an advocate for classroom and school environments that facilitate language learning and involve families and communities as partners.

    Program Overview

    Program delivery: Online and on-campus offerings
    Time to complete: 12 to 24 months
    Program start: Fall, spring, summer terms
    Curriculum: 25 credits + practicum
    Cost: View current tuition rates


    Required Courses: (25 credits + practicum)

    • ESL 8110 Language and Society, 4cr
    • ESL 8100 Linguistics for Language Teachers, 4cr
      ESL 8120 Basics of Modern English, 4cr
      ESL 8130 Exploring Learner Language and SLA, 4cr
    • ESL 7755 Development of Literacy Skills,4cr
    • ESL 7753 Testing and Evaluation, 2 cr
    • ESL 7776 ESL Methods, 4cr
    • GED 7990 Advanced Practicum, 2cr

    Advanced Practicum

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


    In Minnesota, candidates are required to pass the II ESL Content Knowledge test as part of the Minnesota Teacher Licensure Examinations. Coursework may also transfer to other states to fulfill their licensure requirements. Please consult state requirements to ensure transferability of coursework.

    Additionally, to get an ESL license in Minnesota, candidates need to show that they have learned a language other than English. The minimum requirement is either two years in high school or two semesters in college, documented with a transcript. Candidates whose first language is not English, or who have acquired another language in other ways, should discuss their case with Hamline staff.

    Make Your Credits Count For More

    Your coursework in the K-12 ESL program may be applied to fulfill some requirements of the Master of Arts in English as a Second Language.

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    State Eligibility

    Hamline University, like all higher education institutions, must follow individual state regulations before enrolling students outside of Minnesota in its online programs. Hamline can enroll students residing in most states, but please confirm whether your state is among the eligible states.   

    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.

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    Create a positive and significant impact in students' lives with an additional license in K-12 ESL.

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