Undergraduate TESL and Bilingual Education Endorsements

Welcome to the undergraduate Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) and Bilingual Education Endorsement homepage.  These programs are proudly housed in the Department of Hispanic Studies, within the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Mission  
The undergraduate TESL and Bilingual endorsement programs are committed to the preparation and professional development of K-12 pre-service teachers who upon completion of the program will:

  • Be knowledgeable about current theories and practice with regards to English language acquisition, bilingual education and multilingual learners’ development
  • Be proficient in teaching skills and methods required to deliver quality instruction to support English language learners academic success
  • Display empathy toward and a heightened multicultural appreciation of the conditions and challenges encountered by English learners, their families and communities.

Background and Context
The undergraduate TESL and Bilingual Education endorsements are housed in Hispanic Studies and although numerous immigrant groups are addressed in TESL coursework at UNC, there is a special focus on Spanish-speaking children and youth.  This is an appropriate focus considering that in Colorado 84% of all English language learners are Spanish-speaking; in the U.S., 75% of all English language learners are Spanish-speaking, the majority of whom are from Mexico.  Approximately 80% of students seeking endorsement are Elementary Education majors and the remainder Secondary Education. Recent years have also shown an increase in students of color and linguistically diverse students in our programs.

The undergraduate TESL endorsement is now the largest licensure program in HSS. This growth reflects a statewide growth in Linguistically Diverse Education enrollment numbers at over 300% in the last five years. (CDE FY2010 Report to General Assembly on Educator Preparation).  We are also proud to report that UNC is a leader in preparing TESL candidates and that data from UNC Career Services indicates that the placement rate for TESL endorsed students in teaching positions is 100%. 

Quality and Curriculum
Testimony to the quality and excellence of the TESL dual endorsement program is reflected in its national accreditation status from NCATE/TESOL received in 2008. The accreditation report specifically cited UNC’s TESL program for its close relationship to Hispanic Studies, its particular focus on the largest immigrant group in Colorado, and its incorporation of coursework by faculty members in Mexican American Studies to address TESOL’s two standards on Culture. This is an outstanding accomplishment and makes our program one of the leading undergraduate TESL endorsement programs in the state of Colorado to receive this recognition (http://www.ncate.org/tabid/165/Default.aspx) and one of only nine states nationwide to host a similar program with accreditation at the undergraduate level. 

The Teaching English as a Second Language Endorsement curriculum was developed in collaboration with Spanish, TESL, and Mexican American Studies faculty.  Throughout the course work there is a strong emphasis on promoting pre-service teachers’ cultural awareness, theoretical understandings, practical knowledge and professional leadership skills as relevant and appropriate teachers.