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Online ESOL Endorsement Specialization Courses for Inservice Teachers:

If you are a teacher, or preparing to become a teacher, and seeking the ESOL Endorsement, here is an opportunity for you to take the courses that lead to the ESOL Endorsement, and at the same time receive a *Stand-Alone ESOL Endorsement, a Graduate Certificate in ESOL and/or credit toward a Master's Degree. The Department of Teaching and Learning's Foreign Language Education Program at the University of South Florida offers these five ESOL courses totally online on a rotating basis during the academic year.

*In order to apply for the Stand-Alone ESOL Endorsement through USF, applicants must hold an earned bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution with a 3.0 minimum GPA or evaluated equivalent, and teacher certification. 


Students will apply for non-degree seeking admission through the graduate school. In addition to the application forms, students will submit to the Coordinator of the ESOL Endorsement Program, in the Department of Teaching and Learning:


  • Official Transcripts
  • A resume
  • A 250-word letter of interest stating your objectives in pursuing this course of study
  • Verification of teacher certification


What is the ESOL Endorsement?

Primary Language Arts/English Teachers in the State of Florida are required by law to complete a total of 15 semester hours or 300 in-service credit points in courses related to learning how to help English Language Learners in the mainstream classroom.  The five ESOL courses below are recognized by the State of Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) and lead toward meeting that requirement.  Upon completing these courses, you may then apply to the Florida Department of Education for the ESOL Endorsement.

  • FLE 6167 - Cross-Cultural Issues in Teaching ESOL Students (Fall semester)

  • FLE 6433 - Curriculum and Instructional Materials Development for Teaching ESOL Students (Fall semester)

  • TSL 6390 - Instructional Methods and Strategies for Teaching ESOL Students (Spring semester)

  • TSL 6253 - Applied Linguistics for Teaching ESOL Students (Summer semester)

  • TSL 6470 - Assessment and Progress Management for Teaching ESOL Students (Summer semester)

    Questions?  Please contact:

    Dr. Phil Smith
    Foreign Language / ESOL Education Coordinator
    University of South Florida
    Department of Teaching and Learning
    ESOL Office (EDU 266)
    Tel: (813) 974-1113

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Related Links

ESOL Homepage
ESOL Standards
ESOL E-Library

Faculty Development Plan

Office of Academic Achievement through Language Acquisition (AALA)
Florida Consent Decree

Sunshine State Standards

Secondary Ed Homepage

Foreign Lang Ed Homepage





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