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Faculty Development Plan for ESOL

Dear USF College of Education Faculty,

USF’s COEDU Conceptual Framework states that we are committed to preparing graduates who will effectively integrate awareness of and sensitivity to issues of diversity and exceptionality among the population they serve.  Consistent with this goal, teachers who graduate from our Elementary, Early Childhood, English, Special, and Foreign Language Education programs receive their ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) endorsement along with their education degree.

The ESOL endorsement requires that our students take several ESOL-specific courses, pass an ESOL comprehensive exam, participate in an ESOL Late Field Experience (where they show competency in teaching a classroom that includes ESOL students for a minimum of 10 days in one of their internships), and that they take numerous ESOL-infused courses in their program of studies.  These requirements satisfy the State of Florida’s Department of Education agreement for the equivalent of 300 hours of in-service training, or 15 credit hours of education for teachers who will be the principle Language Arts teacher to a linguistically diverse population of students in Florida’s K-12 schools.

If you are teaching courses that infuse ESOL competencies, you are a critical part in successfully implementing the ESOL infusion.  Please ensure that you are using syllabi that have been properly infused with ESOL assignments.  If you have not completed the faculty development requirements (the equivalent of 60 in-service hours or 3 credit hours), please contact Dr. Phil Smith, (974-1113) in the ESOL Office -- EDU 266  to discuss development options.

Thank you for all your cooperation and hard work toward making this a successful model program!


Faculty Credentialing Options:

  1. On-line Faculty Development

Our thanks to Dr. Joyce Nutta (USFSP) and her collaborators on the TAPESTRY grant for providing the on-line opportunities for faculty ESOL training.  

For each of the six ESOL TAPESTRY tutorial modules, 5 hours of faculty development can be earned by completing the pre-viewing questions, watching the video and browsing the associated websites and articles, and answering the post-viewing questions using information from the video.  You may document completion of each tutorial module by printing your responses to the pre-viewing and post-viewing questions and presenting them to the ESOL Office in EDU 266, or by emailing them to Additional development hours can be earned by perusing the supplemental websites and articles and providing documentation that can take a variety of forms (ex: critiques, ratings/evaluations, annotations, etc…).

To access the ESOL TAPESTRY tutorial modules click on the link provided.

  1. ESOL Office Faculty Development

The ESOL Office, located in EDU 266, offers a multitude of ways for you to obtain faculty development hours.  Please feel free to come by and “check out” the vast collection of articles pertaining to ESOL in content areas, the plethora of professional journals related to ESOL, and our ESOL library of books, binders and other activities.  All of these resources can be used to complete your faculty development requirements.  Documentation may take a variety of forms, and the number of in-service hours is commensurate with the development activity.

  1. Other Faculty Development Options

Perhaps the most accessible means of earning ESOL credentials for faculty is by enrolling in one of the ESOL Endorsement courses in the College of Education.  Successful completion of one these courses fulfills the 60-hour requirement.  To learn more about these courses, click on the links provided in the sidebar.  Additional options in this category might include documented attendance at an ESOL or ESOL-related conference, or enrollment in an ESOL workshop or seminar.

Resources in the ESOL office include books on general ESOL methodology, as well as books on specific issues such as literacy and the English language learner (ELL), testing and the ELL; culture and teaching culture; the English language and its constituent parts; plus many other topics. There are also nineteen binders on subjects like ESL in early childhood education; the law and ELLs; reading, writing, literature, language arts, art, music, PE for ELLs; special education and the ELL, etc. These binders contain lists of paper and electronic resources, extracts from books, and journal articles related to these subjects.

There are many activities that you could do with these resources that will count towards your ESOL credentialing. These activities include:

  • literature reviews.
  • updating and adding to the binders.
  • reading reflections.
  • reflections on how some ideas from the literature could be used in your classes.
  • developing ESOL infused activities for your classrooms.
  • working on infusing ESOL into your syllabuses.

Remember, we in the ESOL office are here to help you with these activities as well as with your ESOL infusion. You know your classes and your syllabuses; bring your ideas to bounce off us.


College of Education Faculty Development Plan for ESOL Checklist. 


Fill out the Faculty Development Plan for ESOL and discuss it with your ESOL mentor or ESOL Office Personnel.  You may download a Faculty Development Plan for ESOL here: Printable Form


If you have any questions, do not hesitate to call:

Phil Smith – (813) 974-1113


Related Links

ESOL Homepage

ESOL Standards
ESOL E-Library

Faculty Development Plan

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

Secondary Ed Homepage

Foreign Lang Ed Homepage





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