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Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

James Madison University's College of Education offers licensure preparation for PreK-12 Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).  This program draws on theories of linguistics, research on social and cultural variables that influence second language acquisition, and the knowledge required to facilitate second language learning.

The TESOL program will prepare future educators to understand and implement more equitable and effective ways of working with English Language Learners in a variety of contexts, including inclusion in content/general education classes, sheltered-ESL classes and pullout classes. 

Completion of this four-year program leads to eligibility for a Virginia teaching license for PreK-12 English as a Second Language. 

As of July 9, 2020 students will not be able to add the TESOL PK-12 Licensure minor.  If you are an undergraduate interested in TESOL please contact the program coordinator, Dr. Katya Koubek – koubekex@jmu.edu.

Key Deadlines
  • Meet with advisor in Sophomore year and begin taking classes by Spring semester
  • Be admitted to Teacher Education by Fall of Junior year
  • Complete VCLA exam
  • Complete student teaching application 1 year prior to student teaching semester
  • Complete Praxis English to Speakers of Other Languages Test (5362)
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