Undergraduate ELL Endorsement
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Undergraduate English Language Learning (ELL) 
Add-on Endorsement

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Program Contact Information:

Dr. Charmaine Lowe


For those interested in teaching English Language Learners in K-12 environments, the Eriksson College of Education at Austin Peay State University now offers a program allowing undergraduates to enroll in dually-listed courses to add an ELL endorsement to their existing licensure.  Eligible undergraduates must be Education majors or minors with Milestone I status. Financial aid can be applied for students who will have earned fewer than 180 credit hours by the end of Student Teaching.

Required Courses

EDUC 4063/6630: Reading and Writing Methods for ELL

EDUC 4065/6650: Assessment of ELL Students

EDUC 4045/6450: Culture in the ELL Classroom

EDUC 4300 or LING 506H: Theory in Second Language Acquisition

EDUC 4062/6620: Teaching Grammar to English Language Learners                     

All courses are offered online except Educ 4300.  Individual course descriptions and the schedule are on the following pages of this document.

Testing Requirement

The corresponding PRAXIS exam is English to Speakers of Other Languages (5362).  The minimum passing score is 155.  Registration informtion may be located online: http://www.ets.org/praxis/tn/requirements .

Rotation of Classes

First Fall/Spring Semester, Session A

EDUC 4062/6620 – Teaching Grammar to English Language Learners





First Fall/ Spring Semester, Session B  

LING 4300/506H – Theory in Second Language Acquisition





Summer I

EDUC 4043/6630 – Reading and Writing Methods for ELL





Summer II     

EDUC 4045/6450 – Culture in the ELL Classroom         

EDUC 4065/6650 – Assessment of ELL Students       






Total Student Credit Hours for Degree



                                           Course Descriptions

EDUC 6450: Culture, Communication, and Community in the ELL Classroom

This course addresses the cultural issues that English Language Learners (ELL) and their teachers are likely to encounter in classrooms which affect foreign language acquisition and curricular learning with the purpose of acquiring pedagogical knowledge and techniques which will facilitate ELL’s academic success. Course participants will research and critically reflect upon the aspects of culture which impact learning processes and related pedagogical theories as a basis for creating appropriate teaching materials and facilitating the acquisition of English as a foreign language.

EDUC 6630: Reading and Writing Methods for ELL

This course is designed to build background knowledge regarding oral, reading, and writing development in English for K-12 English language learners.  The course covers language acquisition theories, literacy development in the first and second language, classroom organization, teaching strategies, and instructional methods in reading and all content areas as well as assessment procedures for effective English language instruction in the PreK-12 classroom environment.  The course is specifically designed to assist practicing classroom teachers in meeting the needs of English language learners and newly-arriving immigrant students with varying levels of English language proficiency and varying levels of educational experiences.

EDUC 6650: Assessment of ELL Students

This online graduate course provides an introduction to standardized assessments and classroom-based assessments for ELL students based on TESOL standards for Teacher Education Programs. Among the topics addressed are: purposes of assessment, types of assessment, authentic forms of assessment, designing or adapting assessment tools for ELL, assessment in the content areas for ELL, etc.

EDUC 6620:  Teaching Grammar to English Language Learners

Modern English Grammar will familiarize students with the basic structure of English, particularly those areas that cause most difficulty for non-native speakers. The course has several goals: to become familiar with grammatical terminology and practice identifying and labeling sentence structures; to develop an understanding of how English syntax works to convey meaning; and to become familiar with various techniques of teaching grammar to those whose first language is not English.  A ten-hour field experience is required.

EDUC 4300: Essential of Teaching English Language Learners

This course addresses practical approaches and concerns related to teaching English Language Learner students in K-12 environments. Leading theories and their emergent approaches as well as strategic use of the student's native language and culture in ELL instruction are examined and used in planning, instruction, and assessment. 

LING 506H: Theory in Second Language Acquisition

This course is an introduction to the field of Second Language Acquisition (SLA).  There will be a focus on the theories used in SLA.  Students will also compare first and second language acquisition as well as examine some SLA theories are used by applied linguists to promote acquisition.

If you have additional questions, please contact Dr. Charmaine Lowe

(lowec@apsu.edu or 931.221.1313)