English for Speakers of Other Languages

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Pittsburg State University offers an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) minor for all Bachelor of Science in Education Majors (Elementary or Secondary). This minor prepares teacher candidates to serve the needs of English Language Learners, or ELLs, (students from non-English speaking homes or backgrounds) in classroom settings from Pre-K through Grade 12. 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, no matter the grade level of the initial license. This minor by itself does not lead to an initial teaching license.

Students need to consult with the ESOL advisor prior to planning or enrolling in the ESOL minor coursework.

For a full list of courses and additional information, see the Department of Teaching and Leadership's ESOL Minor program guide below.

Additional information

  • About Minor
  • Department of Teaching and Leadership Program Guide
  • Career Options

Teacher candidates do not have to know another language in order to be successful in this minor (it is helpful but not required). The purpose of the program is to support future teachers as they learn how to develop and differentiate curricula, while teaching core academic content, assess learning, and provide support for families who are not native English speakers.

The coursework and field experiences are centered around research and best teaching practices. The minor will expand and enrich teaching skills in a collaborative environment. The hands-on interactive teaching strategies that work for all students, but are especially effective for ELLs, can be modified to all subjects and grade levels. They will enable future educators to better serve the needs of all students they teach. 

Native English speakers are highly sought after by International English Language institutions.

View the Department of Teaching and Leadership's ESOL Minor Program Guide (PDF).

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:
  • Preschool ESOL teacher in a Kansas public school (teaching license required)
  • Elementary ESOL teacher in a Kansas public school (teaching license required)
  • Middle level ESOL teacher in a Kansas public school (teaching license required)
  • Secondary ESOL teacher in a Kansas public school (teaching license required)
  • Pre K-12 ESOL program teacher in a Kansas public school (teaching license required)
  • U.S. English Language institution faculty
  • International English Language institution faculty
  • Adult Education ESOL teacher

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Whether you are beginning your career with a Bachelor of Science in Education or want to grow professionally with a Master's 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 department offers Alternative Teaching Licensure programs in Special Education and Secondary Education. Certificates that lead to an endorsement to a teaching license in a variety of educational areas are available.

Pitt State has been ranked in the Top 25 Best Online Graduate Education Programs by U.S. News & World Report. The best online master's in education degree programs were chosen based on factors such as accreditation, admissions selectivity and academic and career support services offered to students.

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