• Build a more connected world.

    ESL teachers are vital instructors in today's schools. Not only do they facilitate language acquisition, but they advocate for their students within school systems and educate their colleagues about English learners.

    With Hamline's K-12 ESL Additional License program, you will: 

    • Understand language systems and how they relate to instruction.
    • Explore the relationship between language and culture and its impact on student learning as well as 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

    Program start

    Fall, spring, and summer terms

    Time to complete

    16 months


    32 credits

    Required courses

    • ESL 8100 Linguistics for Language Teachers (4 credits)
    • ESL 8110 Language and Society (4 credits)
    • ESL 8120 Pedagogical Grammar and Discourse (4 credits)
    • ESL 8130 Exploring Learner Language and SLA (4 credits)
    • ESL 7770 Critical Praxis in TESOL (4 credits)
    • ESL 7753 Testing and Evaluation (2 credits)
    • ESL 7776 ESL Methods (4 credits)
    • GED 7878 Teaching ESL and World Languages, Part I (4 credits)

    ADVANCED PRACTICUM (2 credits)

    An advanced practicum experience (4 weeks student teaching) 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.


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    In Minnesota, candidates are required to pass the 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.

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    Contact a Graduate Admission counselor and request information to learn more about enrolling in the Additional Licensure program.

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    State Eligibility and Complaint Process

    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.