This program provides an opportunity for licensed teachers to obtain an additional endorsement in teaching English as a Second Language (ESL). The program coordinator interviews applicants for the purpose of evaluating the extent to which their teaching experiences and past coursework demonstrate competencies required by Johnson University. Evidence is collected in a portfolio. Any deficiencies are addressed through coursework or projects. When the student has met all the standards, s/he presents the portfolio to an exit committee. Upon successful completion of this process, the Templar School of Education recommends the student to the Tennessee State Board of Education for the Endorsement in English as a Second Language Education.

Dr. Roy Miller
Program Director

Dept Contact


This endorsement does not include any concentrations.


Courses may include:

  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Foundations in Linguistics
  • ESL Methods & Materials for Teacher Education
  • Student Teaching: Elementary Education

For more details on this program, check out our academic catalog.


Graduates with this endorsement are prepared to understand and meet the needs of students who do not speak English at a level where they can obtain grade-level competencies.