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The Spadoni College of Education offers a Certificate in English Speakers of Other Languaes (ESOL) with coursework that provides opportunities for all educators to develop skills and knowledge related to English language learners. In addition, teachers who have an initial licensure or are working on an initial licensure can use the coursework as part of the partial fulfillment to obtain the South Carolina ESOL add-on licensure. This 15-credit curriculum is approved by the South Carolina State Department of Education to fulfill the graduate course work requirement for the SCDE's ESOL add-on licensure.




Application Non Degree Seeking

Admission requirements for ESOL Add-on Certification:

  • Completion of the application form and payment of the $45 application fee.
  • Transcripts: You must submit an official transcript from every institution you have attended. Receipt of a baccalaureate or any higher degree must be clearly indicated on the transcript from the awarding institution. Official transcripts are those sent by the registrar of a college or a university directly to the Office of Graduate Studies. The Office of Graduate Studies does not order transcripts from any institution.
  • Official Scores: No tests are required for admission to this add-on certification program.

Application Deadlines
The Office of Graduate Studies admits non-degree students on a rolling basis. However, course registrations typically fill well in advance of each session. Prospective students are therefore encouraged to complete the non-degree application process at least two weeks prior to ensure course availability.

Admission Requirements

To qualify for the ESOL add-on certification, the South Carolina State Department of Education has the following requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Temporary, initial, or professional certificate at the early childhood, elementary, middle, secondary, or pre-K–12 level
  • Minimum qualifying score(s) on the South Carolina content area examination(s) required by the State Board of Education
  • Second-language learning experiences documented by any one of the following:

    (a) six semester hours in a single second language; 
    (b) completion of intensive language training by the Peace Corps, the Foreign Service Institute, or the Defense Language Institute; 
    (c) placement in a third-year-level course in the foreign language department at an accredited college or university; or 
    (d) demonstration of second-language proficiency in a language that is unavailable at accredited institutions through verification in writing from an official designated by the State Department of Education.

  • Specialized preparation (graduate ESOL courses: 3 required and 2 electives). One of the possible electives, Practicum in the Instruction of ESOL to Elementary and Secondary Learners may be waived based on one year’s experience teaching ESOL.

EDLL 650 Applied Linguistics for ESOL teachers (3)
This course prepares candidates to understand and apply knowledge about language structure and second language acquisition in planning and adapting ESOL (English to speakers of Other languages) content and standards-based teaching.

EDLL 651 Principles and Strategies for Teaching ESOL to Elementary and Secondary Learners (3)
This course prepares candidates to understand and apply major theories and research related to cultural identities, principles and strategies for teaching ESOL (English to speakers of Other languages) in elementary and secondary schools. 
Pre-requisite: EDLL 650 Applied linguistics for ESOL    

EDLL 652 Teaching Reading and Writing to Limited English Proficient (LEP) Learners(3)
This course prepares candidates to apply research and best practices in planning and implementing standards-based instruction to teaching reading and writing to LEP learners. 
Practicum experiences required. 
Prerequisite: EDLL 650: Applied linguistics for ESOL

EDLL 653 Testing and Assessment for Language Minority Students (3) 
This course prepares candidates to know, understand, and apply various assessments used with language minority students. The candidates understand the role assessments have in informing classroom instruction on one hand and school identification, placement, and reclassification of language minority students, on the other.
Practicum experiences required.

EDLL 654 ESOL Curriculum Design and Materials Development (3)
This course prepares candidates to understand and apply educational policies and current practices in the field of teaching English to speakers of Other languages (ESOL). The candidates evaluate, adapt and use materials, resources, and technologies for ESOL standards-based teaching.


Jeanne Cobb, Ph.D.
Professor, Literacy Education and Coordinator of the M.Ed. Literacy Concentration
Spadoni College of Education
Coastal Carolina University
Prince Building 122D
P.O. Box 261954
Conway, SC 29528-6054

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