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To ensure that you are aware of the expectations set out for educator preparation programs, student teachers, and cooperating teachers regarding the student teaching experience, we have prepared a review of key portions of the regulation governing student teaching in Kentucky read more...
NEW! English As A Second Language (ESL) Endorsement Offered Online
In Kentucky and nationally, ESL is consistently identified as one of the greatest areas of teacher shortage. A national survey in 2004 found that it was the most difficult teaching position in the United States to fill. The Commonwealth of Kentucky has identified ESL as a major shortage area. The degree of need becomes clear when one realizes that between 1994 and 2005 there was a 417% increase in the number of English Language Learners in Kentucky. This was the second highest rate of increase in the entire nation.
Kentucky ESL endorsement requires a valid teaching certificate, a passing score on the specialty PRAXIS examination and 12 hours of coursework. Our program is unique in that it is offered totally online, thereby providing access to teachers throughout our service region, the state, and the nation. The four courses in this program are offered on an annual rotation starting during the summer semester, enabling the students in this program to complete the endorsement in one calendar year. This endorsement program builds on prior teacher certification completed through our undergraduate programs, or prior coursework in the University's various graduate programs in education, or through completion of teacher certification through an approved, accredited program. This endorsement can be completed either as a standalone endorsement or may be incorporated as an option within our existing Teacher Leader Masters programs.
To apply for the program, complete a graduate application found at