Lake Erie College launches online program for Ohio TESOL endorsement


Lake Erie College is pleased to announce a new program leading to Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) endorsement in the State of Ohio. A fully online program, the TESOL endorsement is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and can be offered in a hybrid format for a cohort of 10 or more students.

LEC’s TESOL endorsement program consists of 18 credits hours taken through 6 courses, including a semester-long practicum that can be completed in a student’s own classroom, within his or her building or through a placement the College arranges for the student to work with English as a Second Language (ESL) students in the local area.

“The TESOL endorsement prepares teachers to meet the needs of ESL students, regardless of the students’ native languages,” said Dr. Katharine Delavan, dean of the School of Education and Professional Studies and associate professor and coordinator of early childhood education. “We added the TESOL endorsement program in response to requests from local teachers and school districts.”

ESL and English language learner (ELL) specialists with TESOL endorsements will be teaching the courses at LEC in both online and face-to-face formats. In addition to necessary coursework, the State of Ohio requires 100 field hours for TESOL endorsement. Lake Erie’s TESOL endorsement program spreads these hours throughout the coursework and the final practicum.

A passing score of 220 or higher on OAE 021 English to Speakers of Other Languages exam is required for the endorsement as well. 

Tuition for the TESOL endorsement program at Lake Erie College is $499 per credit hour (6 courses total = $8,982). A 10% tuition discount (for a savings of $900) is available for teachers in Lake, Geauga and Ashtabula counties, and also for all Lake Erie College alumni.

The College strongly encourages students to apply for the T.E.A.C.H Grant to help fund their endorsements. More information is available on the T.E.A.C.H. website:

For more information on the TESOL endorsement program at Lake Erie College or to register for classes, visit or contact Dr. Delavan at

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