ESL Endorsement

English as a Second Language (ESL) Endorsement

Classroom teachers who have the knowledge and skills to teach the growing number of English Language Learners (ELLs) are precious resource in our public schools nationwide. Dixie State Univeristy Elementary Education program provides English as a Second Language (ESL) endorsement through seventeen (17) credits of rigorous ESL courses with practicum experience in an elementary school classroom. After completing these courses, DSU Elementary Education students will have a Utah State ESL endorsement at the time of graduation from the program.

The students will be required to take the following six (6) courses to be ESL endorsed:

  • EDUC 2400 (3 credits) – Foundations of Multicultural/ESL Learners (pre-requisite to get into the program)
  • ELED 3410 (3 credits) – Language Acquisition and Cognition/ ESL (with practicum)
  • ELED 3420 (3 credits) – Assessment for ESL Education (with practicum)
  • ELED 4410 (3 credits) – Methods, Strategies, and Materials for Language Arts/ ESL (with practicum)
  • ELED 4430 (2 credits) – Family and Family Involvement of ESL
  • ELED 4440 (3 credits) – Integrating and Content in ESL

Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP)

Students in the Dixie State University’s Elementary Education will be required to master lesson planning based on the theory of Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP) as part of the ESL endorsement. SIOP is a research based lesson planning which caters to both English Language Learners and mainstream students to teach language and content area in an inclusive classroom. The protocol includes eight (8) components and thirty (30) features that indicate “good teaching.” Starting in the second semester of the program, students will be observed by their practicum supervisors and dyad peers based on this protocol. See attached SIOP observation sheet for details. For more information on SIOP, go to SIOP Institute.