Utah Tech University

ESL Endorsement

English as a Second Language (ESL) Endorsement

Classroom teachers with the knowledge and skills to teach the growing number of English Language Learners (ELLs) are a vital resource in schools. The ESL Endorsement is required for teachers who teach in a Dual Language Immersion School and appreciated by principals in districts across the nation. The ESL Endorsement (English as a Second Language) is built into Utah Tech University’s Elementary Education program through 17 credits of rigorous ESL courses with practicum experience in an elementary school classroom. Therefore, UT Elementary Education students will graduate with an ESL Endorsement.


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 Utah Tech University’s Elementary Education Program 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 tool which caters to both English Language Learners and mainstream students to teach language and content 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. For more information on SIOP, go to:

SIOP Institute


Patrick Schwab, Ph.D.

Department Chair

Email: Patrick.Schwab@utahtech.edu

Phone: 435-652-7854

Office: COE 166

Mary McFadden

Administrative Assistant

Email: Mary.McFadden@utahtech.edu

Phone: 435-879-4247

Office: COE Front Admin

Zac Olson

Education Advisor

Email: Zac.Olson@utahtech.edu

Phone: 435-652-7846

Office: COE 109/112