ESOL Requirements Information
Dear New Student :
Welcome to the College of Education (COE) at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. The administration, faculty, and staff are committed to preparing COE students to excel in teaching children from all cultural and linguistic backgrounds. In Florida there are hundreds of thousands of K-12 students who are in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) programs, and the Florida Department of Education (FL DOE) requires that every graduate of a teacher certification program complete coursework and other requirements to prepare them for teaching ESOL students. The requirements are as follows:
Future teachers of subjects other than Language Arts take one course, FLE 4365 or FLE 4315 (ESOL 1), to meet the state requirements. Future Language Arts teachers are required to obtain the ESOL Endorsement (a form of an add-on certificate) and have two options to meet this requirement: 1) they may take 5 courses (15 credits) in ESOL Education; OR 2) they may complete the requirements for the ESOL Endorsement Through Infusion option. Students at USFSP complete the ESOL endorsement through infusion.
ESOL ENDORSEMENT THROUGH INFUSION
The following information applies only to students in Early Childhood, Elementary, English, and Special Education
The ESOL Endorsement Through Infusion option is a special program approved by the Florida Department of Education that allows students to take 7 credits of ESOL courses (FLE 4315 and FLE 4316, which are 3 credits each and ESOL 3, which is 1 credit) and complete other ESOL requirements that take the place of the remaining 8 credits of coursework. Students who graduate from these programs have a double area of specialization: Early Childhood/ESOL, Elementary/ESOL, English/ESOL, Special Education/ESOL. This means that in addition to being certified in their primary area, they are fully credentialed ESOL teachers and can be hired as such.
Special Requirements of ESOL Endorsement through Infusion
Endorsement. Because the ESOL Endorsement through Infusion option waives 8 credits of coursework, the Florida Department of Education requires documentation proving that each student has met the same standards as if s/he completed the 5 ESOL Education courses. In addition to completing FLE 4315, 4316, and ESOL 3, each student is expected to complete the following:
An ESOL portfolio that presents evidence of ESOL-related assignments in most of the courses taken as part of the major, with reflections on how the student demonstrated meeting the 25 ESOL Performance Standards.
An early field experience with ESOL students;
A late field experience (or internship) with ESOL students;
A comprehensive ESOL Education examination.
Items 1-4 take the place of 8 credits of ESOL Education coursework and are required, in addition to FLE 4315, 4316, and ESOL 3 to graduate from the 4 program areas.
Components of the ESOL Endorsement Through Infusion Program
ESOL Education Course Sequence--FLE 4315 (ESOL 1), FLE 4316 (ESOL 2) and ESOL 3 (temporary course number EDG 4909)
Please note--these courses are offered as EDG 6931 for graduate students and must be taken at the graduate level for those in M.A. or M.A.T. programs. The graduate course titles are slightly different from the undergraduate titles. Look for them in the schedule as EDG 6931: ESOL 1, EDG 6931: ESOL 2, and EDG 6931: ESOL 3.
Students in Early Childhood, Elementary, English, and Special Education must enroll in FLE 4315, ESOL 1: Teaching Students with Limited English Proficiency K-12, during their first semester in the College of Education. This means that when these students reach junior status and are first admitted to the College of Education, and/or when students take the first course in the College of Education (other than the 3 prerequisite education courses necessary for admission to the College of Education), they must enroll in FLE 4315. This course gives an overview of the field of ESOL and helps students organize their ESOL portfolio. Students complete their ESOL early field experience in this course, by volunteering at an adult education center for 20 hours. FLE 4315 is the prerequisite for FLE 4316.
FLE 4316, ESOL 2: Language Principles and Acquisition, must be taken two semesters prior to the final internship. * This course revisits many of the topics from FLE 4315 from a more complex and theoretical standpoint, incorporating students' knowledge gained through taking courses that infused ESOL assignments and activities. A primary focus of this course is on language and its particular areas of challenge for students who are English language learners (ELLs). FLE 4316 is a prerequisite for ESOL 3.
* Exception: Undergraduate students who entered their program prior to fall 2003 may complete their ESOL late field experience during ESOL 2 (FLE 4316) and may enroll in ESOL 3 during their final internship.
The course entitled ESOL 3: ESOL Practicum, does not have a permanent number at this time, so it uses a generic number, EDG 4909. This is the culminating course for the ESOL endorsement. In this course, students complete reflections on the work in their ESOL portfolios and complete activities to remediate any deficiencies in their meeting the 25 ESOL Performance Standards. This course also is where students re-take any portions of the comprehensive exam that they did not pass. In addition, students complete their ESOL late field experience in this course*. This field experience requires 60 hours of planning, implementing, and evaluating instruction for one or more ELLs under the supervision of an ESOL-endorsed teacher. Students need to complete this requirement by spending full or half-days at an ESOL center, so please plan your schedule accordingly. Because this course includes the late field experience, it is not offered during the summer semesters. ESOL 3 is typically taken for 1 credit, but if there are deficiencies in the portfolio or comprehensive exam, it may increase to 2 or 3 credits. You will be informed of this in FLE 4316. ESOL 3 should be taken the semester prior to the final internship (unless it is the summer semester). * See Exception above.
FLE 4315 and 4316 are offered on campus as well as through distance learning (web-based). ESOL 3 has two class meetings (1 st and last class) in addition to web-based weekly activities and individual appointments.
In FLE 4316, the instructor completes a preliminary review of students' portfolios, listing which areas require additional work. If the student is missing more than 25% of the portfolio contents, she will add 1 credit to the ESOL 3 course (total of 2 credits, or 3 if part 1 or part 2 of the comprehensive exam must be re-taken). During ESOL 3, the instructor completes the final portfolio review after the student has completed any necessary additional work and all reflections.
ESOL Early Field Experience
ESOL Late Field Experience
In most late field experience/internship situations, students will be placed in a self-contained ESOL class. If this is not possible, students may be placed with a regular classroom teacher who has obtained or is in the process of obtaining the ESOL Endorsement, and an ESOL resource teacher will be consulted to help supervise the student's internship as necessary. Students must complete 60 hours of late field experience, so please plan your schedule accordingly. The 60 hours can be completed as half or full days and must be arranged in accordance with the cooperating teacher's schedule.
ESOL Comprehensive Examination
Exceptions to the Above for Master's Degree Students
Frequently Asked Questions About ESOL Endorsement Through Infusion
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