Endorsement for expanded opportunities.

The ESL Endorsement is a 22 credit-hour program designed for certified K-12 teachers who wish to earn an endorsement to teach ESL in a public school.

  • Overview

    • School: Adult & Graduate Studies
    • Division: Education TESOL
    • Degree Type: Endorsement
    • Format: Residential, Online
    • Location: Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Lansing
  • Career Opportunities

    • Missions
    • K-12 ESL Teacher
    • Adult ESL Teacher

    Program Duration | Months


    *9-14 months depending on delivery format.

Adding the ESL Endorsement to your Certification

If you are a certified teacher, and you are planning to add the ESL endorsement to your certificate, you will need to complete either the ESL Endorsement program or the Master of Arts in TESOL degree and pass the MTTC test. Download a study guide and choose English as a Second Language (086). Refer to the section below for more information regarding the MTTC test.

As of February 2011, most certification is handled online through the Michigan Online Educator Certification System (MOECS). To access the MOECS, users must have a valid Michigan Education Information System (MEIS), login name and password. If you do not have an MEIS login name and password, you need to first create an MEIS account.

Once you submit your application to the system, Cornerstone will be notified if you indicated in the application that you did your work here. We will review your academic record and any other criteria needed. When everything checks out, we will make the recommendation to the state and the system will send you a bill via email which you pay online as well. When the process is completed, you will be instructed to print off your certificate.