Pittsburg State University offers an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) minor. This minor prepares both teacher and non-teacher candidates to teach English to non-native English speakers in classroom settings from Pre-K through Grade 12. For students majoring in education, a successful completion of this minor and a passing score on the ESOL Praxis examination can lead to a preschool through high school endorsement on an initial teaching license. This minor does not lead to an initial teaching license.
Students do not have to know another language in order to be successful in this minor. The purpose of the program is to support students as they learn how to develop and differentiate curriculums, teach English while teaching core academic content, assess learning, and provide support for families who are not native English speakers. Native English speakers are highly sought after by international English Language institutions.
ESOL teaching is identified in Kansas, nationally and internationally as a high need field. As a graduate with this minor, you will be equipped to secure employment in the following roles, and more:
Throughout your time in this program, you will benefit from many unique and career-building opportunities. For example, the capstone course for the ESOL minor is Practicum in English for Speakers of Other Languages. This practicum will provide you with hands-on teaching experience.
In addition, you will benefit from completing the 90 required hours of field experience in any grade level from Pre-K through Grade 12. To fulfill this requirement, you will work with a small group of English Language Learners, develop lesson plans, teach, and assess student work.
All of these experiences will guide you to build a professional portfolio that meets the Kansas ESOL standards. And, should you want to enhance your portfolio even further, your professors will always be glad to help you find and pursue research opportunities.
Whether you are beginning your career with a Bachelor of Science in Education or want to grow professionally with a Masters Degree or Educational Specialist, we believe this is the place for you! With accredited programs, campus, online and hybrid classes, caring faculty and staff to guide you, you can begin or continue your journey toward a rewarding life in the field of Education and Leadership.
The faculty in the Early Childhood Unified program come from the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences and the Department of Teaching and Leadership. They also serve as academic advisors for the program.
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