College of Education adds ESOL endorsement

AUGUSTA, GA – The GRU College of Education has received authorization from the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (PSC) to offer an English for Speakers of Other Languages endorsement for students in its teacher preparation and special education programs. GRU will begin offering an updated curriculum for the ESOL endorsement this fall for students pursuing bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

“An ESOL endorsement is a something that is much needed now with the diversity that we have in our city and in the Southeast. We do need teachers who can teach English as a second language,” said Dr. Judy Carter, chair of the Department of Teacher Education within the College of Education.

The ESOL Endorsement program will prepare practitioners to teach English to speakers of other languages in grades P-12. The endorsement can be added on to a Georgia Teacher Certification in another area. The coursework trains classroom teachers to integrate academic and social language development with the Georgia Performance Standards to enable English language learners to both communicate in English and demonstrate their academic, social, and cultural proficiency.

The Governor’s Office on Student Achievement estimates that 7 percent of students in Georgia are of limited English proficiency. The Migration Policy Institute, an independent, non-partisan, non-profit think tank, estimates that Georgia ranks eighth in the nation for immigrant population size, and recent statistics that show Georgia’s segment of English language learners is predicted to grow in the coming years.

“This is an area of need, so it is an area of growth,” Dr. Carter said. “Graduates with an ESOL endorsement are more marketable, but also more effective in the classroom.”

Students who graduate with a degree in education from GRU and an ESOL endorsement will be able to support English language development, adapt curriculum for classes with greater diversity, use innovative teaching that responds to students’ needs, implement testing and assessment principles more effectively, and partner with families to build strong ties with the school.

GRU will begin offering courses in the program this fall. For more information, visit www.gru.edu/coe.

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The mission of the College of Education is to educate and prepare prospective professionals to be knowledgeable, highly effective, and ethical practitioners who transform learners into thinking, productive citizens. Visit www.gru.edu/coe.

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Georgia Regents University is one of four public comprehensive research universities in the state with nearly 10,000 students enrolled in its nine colleges and schools, which include the Medical College of Georgia – the nation’s 13th-oldest medical school – the nationally-ranked Hull College of Business and Georgia’s only College of Dental Medicine. The clinical enterprise associated with the university includes the 478-bed Georgia Regents Medical Center and the 154-bed Children’s Hospital of Georgia. GRU is a unit of the University System of Georgia and an equal opportunity institution. Visit www.gru.edu.

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