Being prepared matters.

Advance as a well-trained, compassionate ESL teacher. If you are a certified teacher and plan to add the ESL endorsement to your teaching certificate, you need to:

  1. Complete either the ESL endorsement or Master of Arts in TESOL program; and
  2. Pass Michigan Test for Teacher Certification's English as a Second Language (086) test. A study guide for the test is available through Miller Library.

ESL Endorsement Criteria

To add an ESL endorsement to your teaching certificate, you must meet guidelines set by the state of Michigan.

  • 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: All students must take LIN-594 with or without the teaching experience component.
  • Application for additional endorsement.
  • Passing score on MTTC's test for English as a Second Language (this is also coded as "NS" or test "86"). Computer-based MTTC testing is available by appointment year-round, Monday through Saturday (excluding some holidays).

Test Registration

Add the ESL Endorsement to Your Certification

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 a MEIS login name and password, you need to first create a MEIS account.

Once you submit your application to the system, Cornerstone University will be notified if you indicated in the application that you did your course work at CU. 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.