ESOL Institute

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2021 ESOL Virtual Institute for Graduate Credit

PK-12 inservice teachers can apply to be part of the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Virtual Institute in 2021. An ADE grant will cover the cost of tuition and fees for the 12 hours of graduate credit for this year’s cohort. All enrolled participants must complete the graduate coursework for the ESOL Institute.


The ESOL Institute will provide PK-12 teachers with virtual synchronous 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 50 PK-12 teachers per session to participate in the 2021 Virtual Institute, based on predetermined criteria such as percentage of ELs in the district/school/classroom. ADE selected the U of A as one of five institutions in the state to provide ESOL Institutes in 2021. 

Participants will attend a week long (five days) of virtual, synchronous, intensive day long workshops, five virtual, synchronous days during the academic year, and complete asynchronous online coursework. There are a total of 80 synchronous online contact hours—40 in the summer and 40 hours during the fall and spring semesters. Online work will cover 4 courses and students are expected to take approximately 25-45 hours online completing each course’s assignments.

Participants are expected to 1) successfully complete all virtual, synchronous workshops and 2) complete all online graduate coursework with a grade of C or above; 3) take and pass the ESOL PRAXIS 5362 4) obtain ESL endorsement on their AR teaching license.

Frequently Asked Questions  (below)


Academic Graduate Credit

These 12 credit hours will partially fulfill requirements for an ESL endorsement to be added to an AR teaching licensure from ADE. Teachers must send their transcripts AND passing scores on the ESL Praxis 5362to receive the ESL endorsement on their license. The admission fee of $60 (you are responsible for the admission fee) to graduate school along with a completed non-degree seeking application is due to U of A by May 15, 2021. You will be enrolled in four consecutive eight week classes. Two during the fall 2021 semester and two during the spring 2022 semester. You must make a C or above in all 4 courses or your scholarship will be revoked and you will be responsible for any tuition and fees incurred.


Summer - 5 virtual, synchronous, days

  • Jun 7 – 11, 2021 (M-F)

5 additional virtual synchronous Saturdays

  • Oct 2, 2021
  • Oct 16, 2021
  • Nov.13, 2021
  • Jan 8, 2022
  • Jan 22, 2022


Summer - 5 virtual, synchronous, days

  • Jun 14 - 18, 2021 (M-F)

5 additional virtual synchronous Saturdays

  • Sept 25, 2021
  • Oct 9, 2021
  • Oct 30, 2021
  • Jan 15, 2022
  • Jan 29, 2022

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Frequently Asked Questions

Inservice teachers who have a teaching contract for 2021-22 in an Arkansas public school PK-12.

Yes, there is a wait list.

Yes you will be notified as seats become available up to the time the institute starts—June 7 for the first session and June 14 for the 2nd session.

That will depend on the Arkansas Department of Education/Division of Elementary and Secondary Education. Funds for tuition and fees paid by ADE—DESE are available only for the 2021 ESOL Institute. 

Please be sure you have read all the information provided in the application before asking questions. If you ask a question that is covered in the application, you will be referred back to the application. For additional questions, email Judy Hobson, Project Director at