Department of English Language and Literatures

English, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Endorsement

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Why Choose English, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages?

The endorsement in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) enables the recipient to teach English as a second language to students in grades for which the candidate is licensed.  It is attached to an existing state of Ohio teaching licensure in a related field. The licensure can be done independently or as part of a graduate program degree. 


View the English program profile for sample occupations, average salary, and employment projections. 

Real-World Experience

Students in the TESOL concentration, TESOL certificate programs, TEFL certificate, and Master of Arts program in TESOL must complete a semester-long internship before graduating. This is not required for the endorsement. Most students are placed with a professor in Wright State’s intensive English program LEAP. Some students work with professors elsewhere. Internship supervisors must have a Master of Arts degree in TESOL

Academics and Curriculum

View the English, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Endorsement program information and requirements in the Academic Catalog.

Prior to starting review the program of study and plan a semester for a TESOL practicum with a TESOL advisor.

A TESOL porfolio is required. Make sure you load your TESOL portfolio and course assignments to TK20.

In certain circumstances, the TESOL endorsement may take more than one year to complete. See your TESOL advisor if circumstances warrant additional time. 

Some of the courses successfully completed in the TEFL Graduate Certificate program may substitute for courses in the TESOL endorsement. See your advisor for details.

The endorsement and the Master of Arts in English with a TESOL concentration may be combined. When combined, follow the deadline for submitting the TESOL M.A. portfolio with the revised paper. See your TESOL advisor for details.

Ohio Assessment Test for Endorsement

A score of 220 is a passing grade for this test. Visit the Ohio Assessments for Educators English to Speakers of Other Languages webpage for more information. 


  • An overall GPA of 3.0 or better in undergraduate course work OR an overall undergraduate GPA of 2.7 but with a 3.3 or better for the last 60 semester hours (93 quarter hours) earned toward the undergraduate degree
  • A satisfactory writing sample (a paper of at least five pages using secondary sources and written on a topic in English or in a related field; this may be a paper previously submitted for an undergraduate class)
  • A GPA of 3.2 in any undergraduate degree with strong evidence of excellence in language skills
  • Non-native speakers of English seeking regular admission to any graduate program in English must also meet one of the following minimum language proficiency requirements: TOEFL score of IBT100/CB250/PBT600, or for conditional admission, 80/213/550. Student will be tested upon beginning the program and may be required to take ESL courses to improve their English skills.


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