2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
    Jun 20, 2021  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog

ESOL Endorsement K-12 Graduate Certificate

CollegeCommunity Innovation and Education Degree: CRT
Department: School of Teacher Education
Program Website: https://ccie.ucf.edu/world-languages-education/

Program Description

The Graduate Certificate in English for Speakers of Other Languages Endorsement K-12 is designed to prepare certified teachers with specialized knowledge and training in the five areas required by the state of Florida to teach in a K-12 setting: applied linguistics, curriculum, testing, methodology and cross-cultural awareness.

Teaching K-12 requires a primary teaching certification. The ESOL K-12 is an endorsement that is added to an existing teaching certification. This endorsement, therefore, is for certified teachers or students currently seeking certification with the State of Florida only.

The number of non-native students in the K-12 setting in the state of Florida as well as in most states is rapidly increasing. These students represent an array of different languages and cultural backgrounds. With these changes in K-12 schools comes more demand for qualified teachers who have the necessary knowledge and skills to work with English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) students.

The ESOL Endorsement K-12 Graduate Certificate provides students with specialized knowledge and training in the five endorsement areas required for teachers in the state of Florida. The certificate focuses on the five areas required by the state of Florida to teach in a K-12 setting: applied linguistics, curriculum, testing, methodology, and cross-cultural awareness. Successful completion of the certificate meets the requirements for the state of Florida add-on endorsement for ESOL K-12.

The ESOL Endorsement K-12 Graduate Certificate has potential ties to professional licensure or certification in the field. For more information on how this program may prepare you in that regard, please visit https://apq.ucf.edu/files/Licensure-Disclosure-CCIE-ESOL-Endorsement-GC-June2020.pdf.


No course substitutions are allowed. Upon successful completion, students will need to complete separate paperwork with the state of Florida for official recognition of this endorsement.

Total Credit Hours Required: 15 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor’s Degree

Required Courses: 15 Credit Hours

Independent Learning

TSL 5525 TSL 5345 , and TSL 6250  require students to work with one or more nonnative speakers. TSL 6250  requires students to transcribe data elicited from a nonnative speaker.

Application Requirements

Admission is open to those with a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution. An application to the graduate certificate program and official transcripts must be submitted. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

Meeting minimum UCF admission criteria does not guarantee program admission. Final admission is based on evaluation of the applicant’s abilities, past performance and the applicant’s potential for completing the certificate.

Application Deadlines

ESOL Endorsement K-12 Graduate Certificate *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants   Jul 1 Dec 1 Apr 1
International Applicants        
*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.

Contact Info

Graduate Program

Joyce Nutta PhD
Telephone: 407-823-4341
ED 122M

Graduate Admissions

Telephone: 407-823-2766
Millican Hall 230
Online Application
Graduate Admissions

Mailing Address

UCF College of Graduate Studies
Millican Hall 230
PO Box 160112
Orlando, FL 32816-0112

Institution Codes
GRE: 5233
TOEFL: 5233
ETS PPI: 5233