TESOL Endorsement

MU's ESOL Endorsement is for students who already have or are working toward a master's degree in education. This 14 semester hour licensure track program can be completed via evening and summer courses. An ESOL Endorsement gives students the opportunity to pursue state teaching licensure and become eligible to teach ESL in a K-12 teaching environment.


With the continued growth of English as a worldwide language, professionals teaching English to speakers of other languages have numerous opportunities for service in schools, community centers, mission organizations, and more. Individuals who are passionate about engaging the international community will find that TESOL offers an excellent platform.

Job outlook

“Given the broad geographic spread of English, and the variety of world Englishes being spoken globally, English is seen less and less as a “foreign” language, and more as an additional language. In other words, learning English is no longer viewed as something optional, but essential. English has become the most widely taught language in the world.”
– TESOL Position Statement on English as a Global Language (2008)

Whether students are looking to teach overseas or in the US, the demand for highly trained English language teachers is on the rise.  As the discipline of English language teaching has expanded its horizons, there is a great demand, not just for teachers, but for highly qualified and trained professionals who can implement best practices in diverse classrooms and help their students achieve success.  

Points of distinction

  • Through our coursework students will receive a balance of the necessary theoretical foundations and practical techniques for professional language teaching.
  • Our programs seek to help students integrate faith with educational practice.
  • Our students are prepared to skillfully serve diverse student populations in the U.S. and around the world


  • LIN 515 General Linguistics (3)
  • LIN 516 Grammar for TESOL (3)
  • LIN 545 Foundations of TESOL (3)
  • LIN 552 Teaching Oral and Written Communication (3)
  • EDU 650 Endorsement Practicum (2)


Potential students must be either enrolled in a master's level teaching program or they must already posses a teaching license. An ESOL Endorsement allows students to become eligible to teach English as a second language in a K-12 teaching environment.


  • Understand universal components of language. (TE1)
  • Gain exposure to current language acquisition theory. (TE2)
  • Understand theoretical foundations and practical approaches for teaching each skill area. (TE3)
  • Skillfully employ a wide variety of teaching techniques. (TE4)
  • Design curriculum for language courses. (TE5)
  • Understand the sociopolitical, economic, cultural and educational contexts in which English is taught around the world. (TE6)

Common career paths

The TESOL endorsement program provides students with a variety of employment opportunities, including:

  • Teaching ESOL classes in a U.S. K-12 public or private school.
  • Teaching regular K-12 classes with diverse student populations in U.S. K-12 schools.
  • Teaching English in the U.S. to refugees and immigrants through community-based programs
  • Teaching abroad in elementary and secondary educational settings, language schools, and multinational corporations.

Real-world learning opportunities

  • Students spend time observing a variety of ESL classrooms and reflecting on their observations.
  • Students participate in a 2 semester hour practicum, in which they experience teaching and learning first-hand.

More TESOL options

Multnomah also offers the following TESOL programs:

  • Foundations in TESOL Certificate
    This three-credit hour introductory certificate course provides instruction for those wishing to gain initial exposure to TESOL theory and practice. Content includes a broad overview of general principles of language learning and teaching and an introduction to the teaching of each skill area
  • BA with a major in TESOL
    The major consists of 30 semester hours of Intercultural Studies and Linguistics in addition to the Bible and General Education requirements.
  • BA with a minor in TESOL
    The minor consists of 18 hours of TESOL and Intercultural Studies coursework Linguistics in addition to the Bible and General Education requirements.
  • Advanced Certificate
    Any Multnomah student completing the 6 TESOL core courses (18 semester-hours)  earns an Advanced Certificate in TESOL. This certificate program is available for students who have already completed a bachelor’s degree and are not seeking a full degree from Multnomah.
  • MA in TESOL
    For students who already have a bachelor's degree, we offer a 37-credit master's program. This program, which can be completed in two years, provides students with on-campus and international practicum opportunities.