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Be equipped to inspire, encourage and empower your students as you gain practical knowledge and experience in teaching English as a second language. Grow in your understanding of relating to your students in diverse settings so you can take your classroom environment to the next level.

The ESL Endorsement program is designed for certified teachers who wish to earn an endorsement to teach ESL in public schools. Knowledge gained in this program readies you to take a test for your ESL endorsement and expand your influence as an educator.

  • Overview

    • School: Adult & Graduate Studies
    • Division: Education TESOL
    • Degree Type: Endorsement
    • Format: Online, Blended
    • Location: Grand Rapids
  • Quick Facts

    • Program Length: 18 months
    • Delivery Format: Blended
      • Accelerated cohort model
      • Flexible, convenient learning options
      • Courses offered one at a time
    • Total Endorsement Credit Hours: 22
    • Application Deadline: Rolling admission

    Program Courses

    Advance as a specialized ESL teacher with 22 credit hours of graduate-level course work in language acquisition, linguistics and instructional methods.

    • LIN-501: Issues in TESOL
    • LIN-565: TESOL Methodology I
    • LIN-525: Introduction to Linguistics
    • LIN-535: Advanced English Grammar
    • LIN-555: Sociolinguistics
    • LIN-556: Second Language Acquisition
    • LIN-594: TESOL Capstone

    Full course descriptions are available in the Graduate Academic Catalog.

  • Admission Requirements

    • Official college and/or military transcripts*
    • Minimum 2.7 G.P.A. in undergraduate course work and a completed bachelor's degree
    • Two letters of recommendation
    • Professional resume
    • International Students: TOEFL or IELTS score

    *Tip: Send us a transcript release for each college you've attended, and we'll request your transcripts!

    Cost Breakdown

    Expenses for this endorsement include tuition, educational resources and an application fee.

    • Tuition: $515 per credit
    • Educational Resources: $85 per course
    • Application Fee: $25
    • Cost Per Three Credit Course: $1,630
    • Total Estimated Cost: $11,950

    For more information on the total cost of this endorsement, review our tuition and fees.

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. A study guide for the MTTC English as a Second Language (086) test is available through Miller Library. 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.

MTTC Test Information

  • A minimum of 22 credits in TESOL (must include teaching ESL 60 hours within the practicum class LIN-594) or waiver of the teaching requirement, i.e., documentation for extensive teaching experience will be taken into consideration for waiver including the teaching experience within the LIN-594 class. Please note that all students must take LIN-594 with or without the teaching experience component.
  • Application for additional endorsement.
  • Passing score on MTTC test for "English as a Second Language" (this is also coded as "NS" or test "86"). Go to for specific dates and registration deadlines. MTTC testing dates are in October, January, April and July. In addition to the four paper-based tests, beginning 11/9/15 testing will be available as a computer-based test by appointment year-round, Monday through Saturday (excluding some holidays). There are additional fees for the computer-based test.

If you have questions about the system or the process, please call or email the certification office:

Matt Wallace
Certification Officer, Miller Hall
Phone: 616.222.1432

Your Next Step

Join a cohort of professionals on the path toward advancement. To begin, submit your application now or schedule an appointment with an enrollment counselor.

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