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ESL Endorsement

The English as a Second Language (ESL) K-12 endorsement at Drake University is available to both undergraduate and graduate students. This endorsement meets the 18-credit Iowa Board of Educational Examiner Examiners’ requirements and can be completed at your own pace.

The ESL endorsement focuses on the principles and practices of teaching English to students who are not proficient in English, focusing on knowing the students, differentiating instruction and assessment for them, and advocating on their behalf.  This endorsement prepares individuals to function as teachers and leaders in such programs.

Program Contacts

Shelley Fairbairn, PhD
Associate Professor, Teaching and Learning
shelley.fairbairn@drake.edu
1-800-44-DRAKE, x1954
515-271-1954

Learn More

  • Financial Aid: Iowa teacher shortage areas are designated annually by the Iowa Department of Education. Teachers in shortage areas may be eligible for college student forgivable loans through both state and federal programs. English as a Second Language has been identified as a shortage area. Information regarding application for forgivable loans is available at the Teach Iowa Scholar Program website.  
  • Tuition and Fees
  • Drake-Heartland Area Education Agency Scholarship Program - A $5400 scholarship is available to educators employed by school districts served by Heartland Area Education Agency for Title III (ESL) services. (This does not include Des Moines Public Schools.) Click here for more information about how to join the scholarship program.
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