English as a Second Language (ESL) Endorsement

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Estimated Cost

With Grant

  • $100 per credit hour, after grant is applied (3 credit hours)

Without Grant

  • $420.19 Tuition
  • $2.84 Library fee
  • $10.73 Network & Data Systems fee
  • $30 Off-Campus fee

Tuition and fees per credit hour reflect fall 2018 rates for students studying completely online. If an online student takes a course on campus, tuition and fees will differ.

Tuition & Fees Information  

Endorsement programs are not eligible for financial aid. 

Offered by:
College of Education and Health Professions

School systems today address a growing population of non-English-speaking students. To prepare teachers for future success, the College of Education and Health Professions offers an academic plan to provide teachers with the courses needed to earn an English as a Second Language (ESL) licensure endorsement from the Arkansas Department of Education.

Teachers can use licensure endorsements to stand out in the job market and to add to a school system's rich, inclusive resources.

To earn this endorsement, licensed teachers must complete the two fall and two spring, eight-week, graduate-level courses below, pass the ESL PRAXIS exam, and submit transcripts and exam scores to the Arkansas Department of Education.

Course schedule

Fall, 8-week courses
CIED 5943 - Teaching People of Other Cultures
CIED 5933 - Second Language Methodology

Spring, 8-week courses
CIED 5953 - Second Language Assessment
CIED 5923 - Second Language Acquisition

Grant funding is available through the U.S. Department of Education's National Professional Development Program and Office of English Language Acquisition, reducing the overall tuition cost for these courses. This grant will cover 75 percent of the cost of tuition and fees for the four courses offered in fall and spring: CIED 5923, CIED 5933, CIED 5943 and CIED 5953. Grant funding is available to inservice teachers only. Grant recipients are required to sign a commitment form as part of the enrollment process and must complete all four courses with a C or better. If you need a payment plan, please visit the U of A Treasurer's Office website for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

The courses are 100% online through BlackBoard. There will be some required collaboration and discussion activities in each course.

If you are not a current University of Arkansas student and want to take an online class or classes, you will need to apply for admission as a graduate non-degree seeking student. There is a graduate admission fee and application that must be completed. When filling out the application, under Admission Details, select Graduate Non-Degree under Academic Level, and select On Campus under Program Delivery Type. There is not an online non-degree option on the application at this time, but this will not affect registration process or cost.

Yes, all of the courses are graduate level courses.

No. The  four courses in the fall and spring, CIED 5923, CIED 5933, CIED 5943, CIED 5953, are required for the ESL Endorsement. The fifth course, CIED 599V, is optional.

No, for students that pass the first four courses with a C or better, the fifth course will be funded one-hundred percent through the grant.

You will need to check with your school district’s policy and salary scale on step increases.

The ESL Endorsement Coursework will be divided into Cohorts. We will start Cohort Two in Fall of 2019.

The ESL Endorsement Plan is funded through the National Professional Development Grant and Office of English Language Acquisition, U. S. Department of Education. There are no face-to-face requirements during the summer. The ESOL Institute is through the Arkansas Department of Education.

For additional questions, email Shelly McKeever at shellymc@uark.edu or Kim Gibson at kimg@uark.edu.


Find details about this and other endorsement plans offered through the University of Arkansas on the Teacher Education website.