In Virginia and across the country, school districts have a rapidly growing population of English learners, and there's a shortage of teachers with the training and experience to meet their needs.
W&M offers two options for students interested in pursuing ESL education training: a stand-alone M.A.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction with a concentration in ESL/Bilingual Education, and an add-on ESL endorsement for students pursuing our initial licensure programs in elementary, secondary and special education (resulting in a dual endorsement).
ESL Dual Endorsement
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 W&M undergraduate students in Modern Languages and Literature 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 & Mary.
Students enrolled in the ESL dual endorsement program complete 150 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
[[kbarkoalva, Katherine Barko-Alva, Ph.D.]], ESL Program Coordinator
[[ksclark, Kelley Clark]], Clinical Placements and Licensure Manager
[[dsosbo, Dorothy S. Osborne]], Assistant Dean for Admission
[[jemartin, Joy Martin]], ESL Summer Institute Director
[[rloliver, Robert Oliver]], University Supervisor and Adjunct Instructor
Val Gooss, ESL and World Languages
April Vazquea, ESL Coordinator