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Project Eligibility & Description


Applicants must be employed as a licensed teacher or administrator by one of the participating school districts. Preference will be given to early childhood and elementary teachers.

Non-native speakers of English must meet English proficiency requirements with a minimum score of 79 on the internet-based TOEFL.

Other TESL options at UA

If you are interested in TESL but are not eligible for ODE Endorsement see more options at UA here.

Project Description

Through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, The University of Akron is offering training for teachers and administrators from eligible Northeast Ohio districts, who work with English learners.

Teachers/administrators complete the full Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) endorsement over the course of one year.

Completing the 19 credits along with passage of the Ohio Assessments for Educators test for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages is required to add the TESOL endorsement to your credentials.

Total of 19 credits

  • Summer - 8 credits
  • Fall - 6 credits
  • Spring - 5 credits

Course Sequence

TESOL Endorsement
Summer I Summer II Fall Spring

Techniques for Teaching English as a Second Language

Inclusive Education for English Learners

Teaching Literacy to English Learners

Scaffolding Language & Content Learning for English Learners

Linguistics & Language Arts

Theoretical Foundations & Principals of ESL

Practicum in teaching ESL

Program Benefits

If accepted into the program, the grant will pay the associated Ohio resident tuition and most of the fees for the TESOL courses.