TESOL endorsement preparation approved for Lake Erie College undergraduates


Lake Erie College’s School of Education and Professional Studies will now offer the Ohio Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) endorsement to undergraduate students. The endorsement is valid for teaching students in pre-kindergarten through grade 12.

“The skills needed to teach English Language Learners are too important to wait until graduate school,” said Dr. Katharine Delavan, dean of the School of Education and associate professor. “The School of Education faculty are pleased to be one of the first colleges in the State of Ohio to offer the TESOL Undergraduate Endorsement.”

Indeed, Lake Erie College is now one of only four institutions in Ohio that provide such an opportunity. The new baccalaureate-level preparation program was approved by the Ohio Department of Education late last month. Now the College’s educator preparation programs are accredited until their next review in 2023.

Previously, this endorsement was only available at the graduate level for licensed professionals. Accredited by the Ohio Department of Higher Education, that version of the endorsement is offered in a hybrid or face-to-face format and consists of 18 credits taken over six courses, meeting Ohio’s requirement of 100 field hours. It features a semester-long practicum that may be completed in a teacher’s own classroom or building, or through local placements with ESL students.

Chancellor John Carey has certified that Lake Erie’s new undergraduate TESOL endorsement preparation program aligns with Ohio standards and requirements.

According to Dr. Delavan, “The Undergrad TESOL is exciting because it allows us to prepare pre-service teachers so they are ready to meet the needs of English Language Learners on their first day of teaching.”

ESL teachers help students become competent English listeners, speakers, readers and writers. They must understand issues pertaining to the history, legality and demographics of immigration and migration issues. Not only do they design and deliver teaching strategies appropriate for second-language acquisition, they communicate with students’ families, recognizing culture and its impact on learning and performance in the classroom.

Lake Erie College proudly educates students for life after college and the future ahead. For more information about our School of Education, contact Dr. Delavan at kdelavan@lec.edu.

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