ELL and Bilingual Education Endorsement for Current and Future Teachers

ELL and Bilingual Education Endorsement

Note: The ELL and Bilingual Education Endorsement is only for those who are already P-12 teachers or in a P-12 teacher education program. If you are interested in teaching or working with language learners outside of a P-12 school, you may be interested in the Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) certificate (see TESL Certificate handout or consult www.wwu.edu/tesol).

The Department of Elementary Education offers teachers and teacher-candidates the opportunity to complete the coursework for their endorsement program in English Language Learner (ELL) and/or Bilingual Education. While an undergraduate can add both an ELL and a Bilingual endorsement, there is only one minor, the  English Language Learner Minor.

What does the ELL Endorsement prepare you to do?

  • Support ELLs in a mainstream classroom
  • Become an ELL specialist
    • Although you could do it immediately, we don’t recommend doing so.  This is because most ELL specialists are also coaches for classroom teachers.  You need to have experience teaching in a classroom to be a more effective coach.

What does the Bilingual Endorsement prepare you to do?

  • Teach content in a language other than English
  • Support language learners--both English language learners and Spanish/Chinese/Russian…. language learners

What are the course and other requirements to complete the ELL and/or Bilingual Endorsement?

  • ELL431
  • ELL432
  • ELL435 (waived for LLC Majors)
  • ELL433
  • ELL434
  • ELL436
  • 1 approved AMST Course or other Cross-Cultural Experience including the study abroad options in the ELL/Bilingual program (see next page)
  • Non-English language learning experience:
    • Some options to fulfill this:
      • 3 years of high school world language classes
      • 3 quarters of college world language classes
      • 1 year as an exchange student in a non-English speaking country
      • Grew up bilingual
  • Pass the West-E ELL and/or Bilingual Endorsement tests
  • Pass ACTFL Language proficiency test if you want the Bilingual Endorsement
    • You need to be at an advanced-mid level in a language other than English to earn your Bilingual Endorsement.
    • You do NOT need to speak another language to earn your ELL endorsement (but it is a benefit if you do).

When should you take the ELL courses?

The guidelines below are general.   It is always best to meet with Dr. Green or Dr. Dillard to discuss your individual situation.

Prior to (or after) entering Woodring College of Education:

  • ELL 431 (5 credits): Second Language Acquisition, Linguistics, & Policy
    • This class fulfills the linguistics prerequisite for the ELED, ECE, and SPED programs.
    • This class must be taken first and cannot be taken with other ELL courses. 
    • Taking it prior to starting in Woodring is recommended, but does not guarantee you will be accepted into a teacher-prep program. 
  • ELL 432 (5 credits): Academic Language and Grammar for P-12 Teachers
    • This class must be taken second.  It can also be taken the same time as ELL435.
    • Taking it prior to starting in Woodring is recommended, but does not guarantee you will be accepted into a teacher-prep program. 
  • ELL435 (5 credits): Secondary Methods for ELL/Bilingual Education
    • This class is usually taken third in the series, but can be taken at the same time as ELL432. 
    • This class is generally offered only once a year.
    • This class is optional/waived for LLC Majors
    • Taking it prior to starting in Woodring is recommended, but does not guarantee you will be accepted into a teacher-prep program. 

After entering Woodring College of Education:

  • ELL 433 (4 credits): Culture, Equity, and Advocacy for Bilingual Students
    • This class can only be taken once you are admitted into a teacher-preparation program.
    • This class can be taken at the same time as ELL434.
  • ELL 434 (5 credits): Elementary ELL/Bilingual Education Methods
    • This class can only be taken once you are admitted into a teacher-preparation program.
    • This class can be taken at the same time as ELL433.
  • ELL 436 (4 credits): Seminar and Practicum for ELL or Bilingual P-12 Teachers
    • ELED students: This class is normally taken during your final quarter of your internship.
    • SEC/SPED/ECE students: Please talk with Dr. Green or Dr. Dillard about the best time to take this class.

Study Abroad Option:

Fulfill the course requirements for: ELL432, ELL435, the Cross-cultural requirement, and ⅓ of the language requirement!

Starting Spring 2019 (every other spring...2021, 2023...), we HOPE to offer a program that covers the requirements for ELL432, ELL435, the cultural requirement, and 1/3 of the language requirement!  You can do this prior to starting Woodring!  We will spend approximately 3 weeks on campus, 5 weeks in Sweden, and then 2 more weeks on campus.  It will be wonderful! 

Starting 2020 (every other year--2022, 2024…), we HOPE to offer a program that covers the requirements for ELL432, ELL435, the cultural requirement, and 1/3 of the language requirement!  You can do this prior to starting Woodring!  We will spend approximately 3 weeks on campus, 5 weeks in Mexico, and then 2 more weeks on campus.  It will be wonderful! 

For more information about the ELL/Bilingual Program, please contact ell@wwu.edu.