At a Glance


❱❱❱ 25 credits

Long-standing and reputable program with face-to-face and online options

Strong focus on language acquisition theory and teaching functional language

Aligned with WA State’s teacher endorsement competencies

Course content prepares students to pass the WEST-E 051 skills test

Transfer 12 credits from our TESOL Certificate program

Field Experience component completed through Seattle Pacific University

smartquoteRebecca Nord testimonialI am working toward my ELL endorsement and just completed the 4-Week Intensive course. It was definitely “intense” but the quality of instruction was amazing. Not only do I feel very prepared to go out and teach in a variety of settings, I also have a great beginning network of colleagues. The support of all the personnel at S-TESL is also great, they are not just pushing people through a program but really there to support you and the field of ESL, their enthusiasm is contagious. Highly recommended.
Rebecca Nord, July 2016

Open doors to new opportunities

The School of Teaching ESL offers the Seattle Pacific University ELL and Bilingual Endorsement programs. WA State certified teachers (or future teachers) can meet all of the WA OSPI requirements through a combination of on-site and online classes. It generally takes 12-24 months to earn an endorsement.

All endorsement candidates are advised by the S-TESL Director before registration. Please contact George Rowe at for advising, including for a transcript review for possible transfer credits.


You must have a WA State teaching license to add an ELL endorsement.

ELL Endorsement candidates need to meet the following requirements:

  • Completion of 20 credits of S-TESL coursework, with a 3.0 GPA (classes below)
  • Creation of a personal portfolio, submitted upon completion of the S-TESL coursework
  • A passing score on the WA ELL Assessment (WEST-E 051)
  • Completion of the 5-credit SPU field experience component
Required Courses

ELT 5530: Foundations of English Language Teaching (3 credits)

ELT 5532: Grammar in English Language Teaching (3 credits)

ELT 5536: Cultural Issues in English Language Teaching (3 credits)

ELT 5537: Content Based English Language Teaching (3 credits)
OR ELT 5538 Young Learners in ELT (3 credits)*

ELT 5542: Assessment of English Language Students (3 credits)

ELT 5545: Classroom Issues and Management in Teaching ELL (3 credits)

ELT 5546: Professionalism, Advocacy, and Leadership in ELT (2 cr)

EDCN 5730 (SPU course) Field Experience (5 credits)

*K-5 teachers are advised to take ELT 5538. Grades 6-12 teachers should take ELT 5537.

Download a Required Course List here.

100-level or higher university credits may be transferred into this endorsement program upon director approval. ELT 5545 may be waived for teachers with at least three years full-time classroom experience in WA State public schools (with the Director’s approval). Please contact the S-TESL Director for more information.

NOTE: During the Summer 2017, S-TESL will offer a special series of One-Week Intensives, many of which are required courses for the ELL and Bilingual Endorsements. Please check our 2017 Course Schedule for details.

Bilingual Endorsement

Bilingual Endorsement candidates need to meet the following requirements:

  • All of the ELL Endorsement requirements
  • ELT 5547 Foundations of Bilingual Education
  • Proficiency in a targeted foreign language (ACTFL oral an written score required)
  • A passing score on the WA Bilingual Education Assessment (WEST-E 050)

Financial Support for WA State certified teachers

The Educator Retooling Conditional Scholarship Program provides financial support to Washington State certified teachers who seek to expand their knowledge and skills by adding endorsements in subject or geographic shortage areas.

This program is administered jointly by the Professional Educator Standards Board (responsible for selecting recipients) and the Washington Student Achievement Council (responsible for distributing awards). Funding for this program is dependent upon annual budget appropriations from the Washington State legislature. The state laws establishing this program include the RCWs on Retooling (28A.660.045) and Conditional Scholarship Programs (28A.660.050). Educators need to obtain administrative support and submit complete application materials to be considered for an award.