Teaching English as a Second Language

Teacher Endorsement - 21 Credit Hours

2018-19 Tuition: $250 per graduate credit hour. Classes start every 8 weeks.


This graduate endorsement is intended to enhance the skills of practicing educators in the area of working with linguistically diverse students.

Program Description:

In light of the educational challenges presented in Iowa schools by the growing number of non-native speakers of English, this program is designed to prepare practicing professionals to teach English as a second language in both public and private K-12 educational settings. The primary goal of the endorsement is to provide teachers with knowledge of second language acquisition, assessment procedures, skills and techniques to more effectively address the academic and social challenges presented by an increasingly diverse population of students. The graduate certification in teaching English as a second language (K-12) is an online program intended to enhance the skills of educators who hold a degree and teaching license.

  • Online

Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) Endorsement Courses

  • GECI 503 Differentiating Instruction for Diverse Learners
  • GECI 541 Second Language Acquisition for Classroom Teachers
  • GECI 542 Applied Linguistics
  • GECI 543 Methods and Curriculum Development in TESL
  • GECI 544 Assessment Issues in Second Language Learning
  • GECI 558/9 Practicum in Teaching ESL (K-6) or (7-12)
  • GEDU 517 Leadership in a Changing Society and Culture
Admissions criteria for the Teaching English as a Second Language program
  • Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited institution.
  • Minimum undergraduate college GPA of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale).
    Applicants who cannot meet this requirement may be considered for probationary admission status and may enroll in up to nine hours of graduate study at BVU. These applicants will be reviewed at that time and pending successful completion of these nine hours (at least a "B" in each course), may be granted full status.
  • Copy of a valid K-12 teaching certificate or license.
Admissions process for the Teaching English as a Second Language program
  1. Submission of the online application form, including autobiographical essay.
  2. Three letters of recommendation. One from your principal, one from a colleague, and another from a reference of your choosing.
  3. Official paper transcripts, from any institution attended as well as any graduate transcripts, sent directly to:

    Graduate Programs
    Buena Vista University
    610 W. 4th Street
    Storm Lake, IA 50588
  4. Provide a copy of a valid K-12 teaching certificate or license.
Please contact the Graduate office at 712.749.2162 or grad@bvu.edu with any questions.

Tuition & Fees

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BVU's Institution code: 001847

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The G.I. Bill & Yellow Ribbon Program

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Federal Teach Grant

The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program provides up to $4,000 per year in grants for graduate and undergraduate students who intend to teach full-time in high-need subject areas for at least four years at schools that serve students from low-income families. Students must meet all eligibility requirements.

Get full details on the TEACH Grant and learn how to apply

Technology Requirements for Online Courses

  • Operating System: Windows Vista, 7 or 8. Or Macintosh OS X with RAM at or above OS recommendations
  • Processor: A PC with a Pentium IV or newer, or a Macintosh with a G3 or newer
  • Internet Connection: DSL or cable modem (high speed internet) Dial-up will not be sufficient.
  • Browser: Internet Explorer 7+, Mozilla Firefox 3+, Safari, Chrome.
  • Software: A current installation of Java (Java.com). Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint are required, (Microsoft Office XP, 2003, 2007, 2010 on Windows or Microsoft Office 2001, 2004, 2008, or 2011 for the Macintosh). Newer versions are recommended (Microsoft Office 2007, 2010 on Windows or Microsoft Office 2008, or 2011 for the Macintosh).


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