ESL Dual Endorsement

Schools need teachers prepared to educate linguistically diverse students. Enhance your initial licensure program by completing a dual endorsement with the English as a Second Language (ESL) program. Students enrolled in initial licensure programs in the School of Education may also pursue the ESL endorsement, which will result in a dual endorsement.

Initial Licensure Programs

Undergraduate  Education:  Elementary, Secondary   
Graduate Education: Elementary, Secondary, Special Education

The ESL endorsement is not a stand-alone degree program, nor is it open to non-degree seeking students. However, the ESL option is open to Modern Languages and Literature students who plan to apply to the 5-Year Bachelor’s to Master’s Degree option in Education or a Graduate Program in Education at William and Mary. Completion of a teacher preparation Program of Studies in Education at William and Mary is necessary in order to receive the dual endorsement with ESL.

Students enrolled in the ESL dual endorsement program complete 150 clock hours of field experiences with ESL students.  Field experiences are fulfilled as part of formal practica and student teaching experiences in elementary, secondary, or special education or through other experiences in settings approved by ESL program faculty.

The Summer Institute is one way to fulfill the MDLL course and field experience requirements.

Students must complete and have approved an ESL Program of Studies in the School of Education and must maintain a Field Experience Log.  Upon completion of 150 hours of field experiences, the log must be submitted to the Director of Clinical Placements and Licensure in the School of Education.

Program Faculty and Staff

William and Mary School of Education
[[kbarkoalva, Katherine Barko-Alva, Ph.D.]], ESL Program Coordinator
[[dswalk, Deborah Walker]], Director of Clinical Placements and Licensure
[[dsosbo, Dorothy S. Osborne]], Assistant Dean for Admission
Faculty Members in Curriculum & Instruction

William and Mary Modern Languages and Literatures
[[kmkuli, Dr. Katherine Kulick]]
[[jfari, Dr. Jonathan Arries]]

School Partnerships

Williamsburg/James City County:

Valerie DiPaola, ESL and World Languages
Joy Martin, Summer Institute Liaison

Henrico County:
Val Gooss, ESL and World Languages;  Summer Institute Liaison

Newport News

Program Requirements:  Program of Studies [pdf]

*Students enrolled in an initial licensure program who are seeking ESL licensure must complete 150 clock hours of direct instruction with ESL students in K-12 classrooms in addition to the prescribed assignments for MDLL 347 or the graduate-level equivalent.  These 150 clock hours must include experiences in elementary and secondary settings.  This requirement may be fulfilled on the practica and student teaching experiences associated with the elementary, secondary, or special education initial licensure program or through other experiences in accredited settings approved by the instructor.  Students must coordinate their field placements through the Office of Teacher Education and Professional Services in the School of Education.

(Note:  Only students admitted to and enrolled in an initial licensure degree program in the School of Education are eligible to pursue the dual endorsement with ESL.)

Student can fulfill the MDLL course requirements via the Summer Institute.