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ESL Endorsement Cohort

Do you work with English Language Learners or wish to qualify yourself for ESL teaching positions?

RIC's TESL program is offering an off-campus (seven-course) graduate course sequence for Early Childhood, Elementary, Secondary English and Modern Languages teachers. This is a fast-track route to the ESL endorsement for Early Childhood, Elementary, Secondary English and Secondary Modern Language teachers interested in adding the ESL endorsement to their teaching certificates in three semesters and one summer (Summer 1).

Participants will have to be admitted to the Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree in TESL, but completion of the degree is optional (it requires three more courses beyond the Endorsement).

  • Location:Wyndham Garden Providence, 220 India Point, Providence, RI. Free and plentiful parking.
  • Tuition is at approved rates, but no fees are charged. This amounts to about 10% discount.
  • Schedule and course sequence are tentative. Classes will be held once a week on Monday's with one or two Saturday sessions scheduled for each class. The online component varies from 5 to 10 hours, depending on whether there are one or two Saturday sessions.

Fall 2011

  • TESL 539: Language Acquisition and Learning. Monday's 4:00 - 6:50 from August 22 - October 10, 2011 plus Saturday, September 17 and Saturday, October 1, 2011 (followed by one week off)
  • TESL 549: Sociocultural Foundations of Language Minority Education. Monday's 4:00 - 6:50 from October 24 - December 12, 2011 plus Saturday November 5, 2011 (followed by winter break)

Spring 2012

  • TESL 541: Applied Linguistics in ESL. Monday's 4:00 - 6:50 from January 9-February 26 - February 27, 2012 plus Saturday, January 21 and Saturday, February 11, 2012 (no weeks off)
  • TESL 546: Teaching English as a Second Language. Monday's 4:00 - 6:50 from March 5-April 30, 2012 (no meeting vacation week) plus Saturday, March 24 and Saturday, April 14, 2012.

Summer 2012

  • TESL/ELED 507: Teaching Reading and Writing to English as a Second Language Students. Monday's 4:00 - 6:50 from May 7-June 25, 2012. No meeting Memorial Day, May 28, replaced by WEDNESDAY, May 30, plus Saturday, June 2 and Saturday, June 23, 2012.

Fall 2012

Courses will be scheduled on Tuesday's from 4:00 - 6:50 according to the RIC On- Campus Fall Schedule in a 14-week format

  • TESL 551: Curriculum Development and Language Assessment in ESL.
  • TESL 553: Internship in English as a Second Language. Practicum, completed in your district. Practicum completed in your district.

*THERE IS ALSO A MODERN LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT, not a part of this cohort. Completion of college level study of a second language : Elementary and Intermediate Grammar and Conversation, and Culture and Civilization.

Advantages of the cohort model

  • Convenient off-campus location with easy parking
  • Guaranteed completion date of December 2012 for obtaining the ESL courses needed for the ESL Endorsement
  • Peer support from other practicing teachers
  • Compact delivery of courses in 8-week format, one night a week commitment
  • Hybrid course design combining face-to-face and online coursework for maximum flexibility in course delivery
  • State-of-the-art ESL coursework from a Nationally-Recognized TESOL/NCATE Teacher Education Program
  • Meaningful classroom-related course projects to apply your learning
  • Full-time faculty or seasoned ESL professionals delivering all coursework

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Page last updated: Wednesday, September 7, 2011