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TESOL Licensure Program

The TESOL Licensure Program (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) is a series of five graduate-level classes for teachers to add English as a New Language (ENL) P-12 certification to their Indiana license. This online program is flexibly-designed to fit around your full-time teaching schedule.

As a licensed ENL teacher, you will be more hirable, prepared and confident as you come alongside English Language Learners (ELL). Nearly half of Indiana’s local education agencies (LEAs) reported having zero ENL-licensed teachers on staff during the 2018-2019 school year while more than 90% of Indiana LEAs reported having at least one English learner enrolled (IDOE). Our schools need you!


Classes will fit around your schedule!

The structure of the TESOL licensure program is uniquely flexible. Classes are online and self-paced over 4 months. You can determine the start date for a class by enrolling any day of the year. 

You can work on a class any time of the day and never have to be online at a specific time. Classes do require in-person classroom observations and experiences completed in your community. There is no student teaching requirement.

  • Licensure Classes

    TSL 501 Introduction to Second Language Acquisition and the Field of TESOL (3 credit hours)

    This course discusses the role of the English language in the contemporary world and how language and culture shape human interactions. It provides an introductory understanding of the field of second language acquisition, from the perspective of both learning and teaching a new language. It also explores the teaching of English in ministry in U.S. and international contexts.

    Field Experience 5 hours
    Textbooks Dormer William Carey Library course pack:
    • Dormer, J.E. (in press). Language learning in ministry: Preparing for cross-cultural language acquisition, chs. 1-2.
    • Dormer, J. E. & Woelk, C. (2018). Teaching English for reconciliation: Pursuing peace through transformed relationships in language learning and teaching. Ch. 2
    • Dormer, J. E. (2011). Teaching English in missions: Effectiveness and integrity. Chs. 1-3

    Farrell, T. (2017). Sociolinguistics and language teaching. TESOL Press. Alexandria, VA: TESOL Press. (ELTD Series)

    Lessard-Clouston, M. (2017). Second language acquisition applied to English teaching. Alexandria, VA: TESOL Press. (ELTD Series)

    Snow, D. & Campbell, M. (2017). More than a native speaker: An introduction to teaching English abroad, 3rd Ed. Alexandria, VA: TESOL Press.

    The 6 Principles for Exemplary Teaching of English Learners (2018-2020). Alexandria, VA: TESOL Press.
    Students will purchase the version appropriate for their context and goals:
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    Dr. Jan Dormer

    • EdD, Curriculum, Teaching and Learning in TESOL, University of Toronto (2006)
    • MA, TESOL, Ball State University (1986)
    • BA, Elementary Education,Asbury College (1983)

    TSL 503 Methods and Assessment in TESOL (3 credit hours)

    This course develops understanding and skill in classroom instruction of English learners, including lesson planning, teaching, and assessment. Topics covered include teaching methods and techniques for all aspects of English language development, educational technology, curricular planning, and formative assessment.

    Field Experience 20 hours
    Textbooks

    Ashcraft, N. (2014). Lesson Planning. TESOL Press (ELTD Series)

    Brown, H. D. & Lee, H. (2015). Teaching by principles: An interactive approach to language pedagogy. 4th Ed. White Plains, NY: Pearson. ISBN: 978-0133925852

    Snow, D. & Campbell, M. (2017). More than a Native Speaker: An introduction to teaching English abroad, 3rd Ed. Alexandria, VA: TESOL Press

    The 6 Principles for Exemplary Teaching of English Learners (2018-2020). Alexandria, VA: TESOL Press.
    Students will purchase the version appropriate for their context and goals:

    Walsh, S. (2014). Classroom Interaction for Language teachers. TESOL Press. (ELTD Series)

    Zimmer, Amy Buttner (2014). Activities, Games, and Assessment Strategies for the World Language Classroom. (2nd Ed.) NY: Routledge ISBN: 978-1138827295

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    Dr. Megan I. Beard

    • PhD, Educational Administration, University of South Carolina
    • MEd, Higher Education & Student Affairs, University of South Carolina
    • TESOL Certificate, Messiah University
    • BARSC, Cross-Cultural Pre-Medical Studies & Women’s Health, University of South Carolina

    TSL 505 Pedagogical Grammar and Applied Linguistics in TESOL (3 credit hours)

    Introduces applied linguistics and its practical implications in language teaching. Provides study of English grammar, and how English structures are taught and explained to English learners.

    Field Experience 10 hours
    Textbooks

    Folse, Keith S. (2016). Keys to Teaching Grammar to English Language Learners: A Practical Handbook, 2nd Ed. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan. ISBN #978-0-472-03667-7

    Folse, Keith S. & Goussakova, Ekaterina V. (2017). Workbook for Keys to Teaching Grammar to English Language Learners: A Practical Handbook, 2nd Ed. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan. ISBN #978-0-472-03679-0

    Murphy, J. (2019). Teaching Pronunciation. TESOL Press. (ELTD Series)

    Freeman, David E. & Freeman, Yvonne S. (2014). Essential Linguistics: What you need to know to teach reading, ESL, spelling, phonics, grammar. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann. ISBN #978-0325050935

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    Dr. Nancy Ackles

    • PhD, Linguistics, University of Washington
    • MA, Linguistics, University of Washington
    • MA, Practical Studies, Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary
    • MA, Education, Claremont Graduate School
    • BA, English, Whitman College

    TSL 510 Teaching ELL in P12 Classroom (3 credit hours)

    Intended for future US public school ESOL professionals, this course addresses English language learners (ELLs) in P-12 classrooms. Investigates TESOL-related legislation and its effect on schools, students, and teachers, as well as types of ESOL programs used in US schools and their effectiveness. Studies effective advocacy, strategies for collaboration with families and non-ESOL colleagues and paraprofessionals, and helpful resources and services.

    Textbooks

    The 6 Principles for Exemplary Teaching of English Learners (K-12 version) (2018). Alexandria, VA: TESOL Press. ISBN: 978-1-945351-30-3

    Wright, W. (2019). Foundations for Teaching English Language Learners: Research, Theory, Policy, and Practice (3rd Ed.). Philadelphia: Caslon Publishing. ISBN: 978-1-934000373

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    Dr. David McGinness

    • EdD, ESL Education, Northcentral University (2021)
    • MA, Language Education, IUPUI (2009)
    • BS, Spanish Education, Taylor University (1996)
    • BA, Biblical Literature, Taylor University (1996)

    TSL 582 Practicum and Seminar in TESOL (3 credit hours)

    This course consists of a supervised ESOL teaching experience totaling 80 hours, plus accompanying seminar sessions focused on reflection, specialization in a TESOL topic of choice, and development of teaching skill.

    Field Experience 80 hours
    Textbooks

    Farrell, T. (2020). Reflective teaching. TESOL Press (ELTD Series)

    Kostka, I. & Bunning, L. (2016). Curriculum Design in English Language Teaching. TESOL Press (ELTD Series)

    The 6 Principles for Exemplary Teaching of English Learners (2018-2020). Alexandria, VA: TESOL Press.
    Students will purchase the version appropriate for their context and goals:
  • Licensure Tests

    Content Area Assessment:  Subject assessments measure your content knowledge of the subject(s) you will teach.  To add the TESOL content area to a teaching license, you must take and pass the following test after you complete your courses:

                English to Speakers of Other Languages (test code 5362)

    Praxis Testing Website

    You are not alone in this process. We are here to help you! Please contact us if you have questions: 

    Mrs. Kim Overbey, Director of Teacher Licensure, kmoverbey@taylor.edu, 765-998-5286
    Mrs. April Dickey, Director of Transition to Teaching/Online Licensure Programs, april_dickey@taylor.edu 765-998-5145 

Admissions

Applications are accepted year-round for Taylor University's online TESOL Licensure program. To apply, please submit the following:

License and transcripts can be emailed to april_dickey@taylor.edu or mailed to:

Taylor University, Education Department
ATTN: Director, Transition to Teaching/Online Licensure Programs
236 W. Reade Avenue
Upland, IN 46989

Tuition

Tuition is paid one class at a time as you proceed through the program. It is due when you enroll in a course - a date you select. Once paid, you can start the course the next business day. You don't have to wait for a semester or scheduled date to get started!  

  • Credit hour rate: $450 per credit hour
  • 3 credit hour course: $1,350
  • TESOL program total: $6,750 (15 credit hours)

Financial aid is not available for the TESOL Licensure program.

We are here to help you add ENL certification!

Meet April and Leah. They will help you add TESOL to your Indiana teaching license!

April Dickey

Director of Transition to Teaching & Online Licensure Programs

  • MA, Teaching Writing, Johns Hopkins University
  • BS, Journalism/English Secondary Education, Ball State University
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Leah Kimbrell

Program Manager

  • BA, Biblical Literature, Taylor University (1990)
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