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English as a Second Language P-12 Teaching Endorsement Preparation Program

EKU’s online English as a Second Language Endorsement is a graduate, non-degree granting program that focuses on best practices and promotes the skill sets needed to teach English language learners in a variety of settings. The program meets Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board requirements and prepares educators for new roles and responsibilities.


Format: 100% online
Credit Hours: 12 hours
Tuition: $510 per credit hour
                 $325 per credit hour for active duty military
Transfer Credits Accepted: 9 hours
Career Options: ESL teacher in elementary, middle or high schools; ESL educator for community programs; corporate ESL trainer/educator                                         

Notes:  If you do not hold teacher certification in Kentucky, please consult with your state’s licensing agency to determine whether our program will meet your state’s licensure requirements.

Students pursuing this option must hold certification in or admission to TEP in Elementary, Middle Grade, or Secondary Education.  

What sets our program apart?
EKU is dedicated to preparing the highest quality educators and related professionals for Kentucky and beyond. EKU’s curriculum blends academic and professional preparation through course topics such as content, effective pedagogical skills, and dispositions that foster life-long growth and learning.

  • 8-week terms
  • Personalized graduation plans
  • Study any time, from anywhere
  • No campus visits required
  • Core curriculum focused on training teachers as leaders while gaining expertise in a selected area  
  • Assignments and action research that build critical thinking skills
  • Individualized attention and support from dedicated faculty and staff
  • Programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
  • Ranked by U.S. News among the best universities offering online degrees

Why choose EKU?
EKU is a regionally-accredited, brick-and-mortar university that is ranked among the nation's best colleges and has been educating students for more than a century. EKU has received numerous honors, including being named one of the best online colleges in the nation and one of the most veteran-friendly campuses.