PK-12 teachers can apply to be part of the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Institute and earn an Arkansas Department of Education Professional Development Certificate in Teaching English Learners. An ADE grant will cover the cost.
The ESOL Institute will provide PK-12 teachers with training to meet the educational needs of students for whom English is a second language. The U of A College of Education and Health Professions will select 100 PK-12 teachers to participate in the Institute, based on predetermined criteria such as percentage of ELs in the district/school/classroom. ADE selected the U of A as one of three institutions in the state to provide ESOL Institutes in 2018.
Participants will attend intensive six-day summer workshops, attend four follow-up workshops during the 2018-19 academic year, and complete online work. There will be one Friday in the fall for which teachers will need to take a personal day. There are a total of 100 face-to-face contact hours - 60 hours during the summer and 40 hours during the fall and spring semesters. Online work will cover four modules, and students are expected to take about 18 to 20 hours to complete each module.
Participants who successfully complete the workshops and online modules can earn Arkansas Department of Education Professional Development Certificates in Teaching English Learners. Those who successfully complete the program also will be eligible to apply for a $600 stipend from ADE.
Academic Graduate Credit Option
In addition to earning the ADE professional development certificate, Institute participants can choose to apply for admission to the U of A and pay tuition (discounted through the grant) to earn 12 hours of academic credit for the following graduate courses:
- CIED 5923 Second Language Acquisition
- CIED 5933 Second Language Methods
- CIED 5953 Second Language Assessment
- CIED 5943 Teaching People of Other Cultures
These 12 credit hours will partially fulfill requirements for an ESL endorsement for teaching licensure from ADE. Teachers must send their transcripts AND passing scores on the ESL Praxis 5362 to receive the ESL endorsement from ADE. Tuition and fees will be $2,676.28 plus a $50 graduate admission fee. The $50 graduate admission fee is due during application to the U of A by May 25, 2018. You will be enrolled in four consecutive eight week classes. Two during the fall 2018 semester and two during the spring 2019 semester. Tuition of $1,338.14 will be due by August 17, 2018, and January 18, 2019. Payment plans are available through the U of A Treasurer's Office.
Those who successfully complete the academic graduate credit option, which includes the requirements for the professional development certification, also will be eligible to apply for a $600 stipend from the Arkansas Department of Education.
- June 3-8, 2019
- Sept 28, 2019
- Oct 26, 2019
- Jan 11, 2020
- June 10-15, 2019
- Oct 12, 2019
- Nov 16, 2019
- Jan 25, 2020
Breakfast will be served daily from 7:30 am to 8:00 am, and snacks are provided. Classes meet daily 8 am to 6 pm with a working lunch.
Perry Professional Development Center
1457 E. Robinson Ave.
You must choose one or the other, professional development only or graduate credit. All students will earn the Arkansas Department of Education Certificate for professional development hours in ESOL.