Teacher Education Department

Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL) minor

If your major is Early Childhood Education, Educational Studies, or Elementary Education, the TESOL minor will prepare you to teach English as a second language in local, national and international educational contexts.

This minor will require extra coursework which, combined with field placement opportunities, will provide a deeper understanding of the English language, the needs of diverse learners, and techniques for culturally-responsive instruction in a wide variety of contexts.

In addition, you can add a Bilingual Specialist Endorsement (CLD-S) to your teacher license. This endorsement requires language courses in Spanish or Navajo.

The skills you build with this minor are highly marketable because they are proven to increase the educational success of culturally diverse students, whether they are children or adults.

Once you complete the coursework you can submit the CDL Application.

For more information, please review the requirements in the course catalog or contact:

Dr. Lorien Schuldt
licschuldt@fortlewis.edu
970-247-7274
Education & Business Hall (EBH), Room 250

Roadmap for Freshman Students

Freshman

  • Enroll in ED 222 Education: Global Perspectives, and earn grade B- or better.
  • Complete Fingerprint and Background Check. (This will be done in ED 222)
  • Enroll in COMP 150 (or 250 if placed at this level) and earn C or better.
  • Enroll in MATH 105 College Mathematics, and earn C or better.
  • Enroll in one culture course as elective or Liberal Arts Core.
  • Take language classes
    • Spanish - If you seek Spanish Bilingual Endorsement, take SPAN 100-200 level courses.
    • Navajo - If you seek Navajo Bilingual Endorsement, consider summer courses at San Juan College, Dine College or immersion experiences over the summer.

Sophomore

  • Enroll in ED 341 Foundations of Teaching and ED 342 Foundations of Teaching School Based Experiences, and earn B- or better.
  • Enroll in ED 335 Linguistics for Educators, and earn C or better.
  • Enroll in ED 333 Southwest Language Immersion in the Spring or Summer term.
  • Enroll in ENG 265 Semantics as an Arts and Humanities elective.
  • Apply for admission to the Teacher Education Program during your Spring term.
  • Enroll in advanced Spanish or Navajo Language courses, if pursuing Bilingual Endorsement.

Junior

  • Enroll in ED 434 Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse P-6, and earn C or better.
  • Enroll in ED 447 Instructional Equality, and earn C or better.
  • Enroll in ED 428 Language & Literacy Field Based Study, and earn C or better.
  • Complete 30 hours of time observing and teaching in English Language Learner or Bilingual Classrooms under the guidance of a highly qualified public school teacher.
  • Enroll in ED 332 Bilingual Methods and advanced Spanish or Navajo Language courses if pursuing Bilingual Endorsement, and earn C or better.
  • Register for the Content Test in your content area in the Fall term.
  • Pass the Content Test exam in your Spring term.

Senior

  • If you are an Elementary or Early Childhood major, apply for Student Teaching in the Fall term.
  • Complete Student Teaching in your Spring term.
  • Enroll in advanced Spanish or Navajo Language courses if pursuing Bilingual Endorsement. 
  • Pursue student teaching or internship in English Language Learner, Bilingual or English as a Second Language classrooms. 
  • Apply for Colorado Department of Education Teaching License in the Spring term.

Roadmap for Transfer Students (Junior-Senior)

Your first step will be to meet with an Admissions Counselor, who can help with initial course planning. At this time, the FLC Registrar will review your transcript to determine which credits from your prior school can transfer here. To research what courses will be accepted:

When you have been accepted to FLC, you will be assigned a faculty advisor in your first semester. Contact the Teacher Education Department to set up a meeting.

Junior

  • Enroll in ED 434 Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse P-6, and earn C or better.
  • Enroll in ED 447 Instructional Equality, and earn C or better.
  • Enroll in ED 428 Language & Literacy Field Based Study, and earn C or better.
  • Complete 30 hours of time observing and teaching in English Language Learner or Bilingual Classrooms under the guidance of a highly qualified public school teacher.
  • Enroll in ED 332 Bilingual Methods and advanced Spanish or Navajo Language courses if pursuing Bilingual Endorsement, and earn C or better.
  • Register for the Content Test in your content area in the Fall term.
  • Pass the Content Test in your Spring term.

Senior

  • If you are an Elementary or Early Childhood major, apply for Student Teaching in the Fall term.
  • Complete Student Teaching in the Spring term.
  • Enroll in advanced Spanish or Navajo Language courses if pursuing Bilingual Endorsement. 
  • Pursue student teaching or internship in English Language Learner, Bilingual or English as a Second Language classrooms. 
  • Apply for Colorado Department of Education Teaching License in the Spring term.