Elementary Education PK-3 and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) K-12

Bachelor of arts (B.A.)

teacher reading to children


Program details

PK-3 elementary education credits required: 82
TESOL credits required: 24

Course number and  titleCredits
TEL 5000: Culture and Second Language Development3
TEL 5150: Introduction to ESL/Bilingual Education3
TEL 5200: Linguistic Principles for ESL and Bilingual Education3
TEL 5250: Grammar Instruction for ESL/Bilingual Education3
TEL 5300: Assessing English Learners3
TEL 5400: Teaching Methods for English Learners3
TEL 5450: Advanced Teaching Methods for English Learners3
TEL 5500: Internship in ESL Instruction3
Total Credits:24

Admissions requirements

  • Completion of at least 45 credit hours
  • Completion of all Western Michigan University Intellectual Skills Development courses if required (e.g. MATH 1090, LS 1040, ENGL 1000)
  • Completion of an approved college level writing course
  • Completion of ED 2500 or the equivalent with a grade of “CB” or better
  • Completion of ED 2900 or the equivalent with a grade of “CB” or better
  • Achievement of a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better
  • Achievement of reading, writing, and math proficiencies
  • Completion of a background check and submission of any necessary additional documentation

Program description

The Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) K-12 is designed to prepare educators to meet the unique needs of English learners in K-12 schools. The TESOL K-12 major is available for all interested students who are also seeking PK-3 teacher certification. Graduates of this program will be eligible to teach all subjects to PK-3 students in self-contained classrooms as well as in ESL K-12 classrooms. No minor is required. This undergraduate major qualifies graduates for the Michigan English as a Second Language (ESL) endorsement.


  • Program completion meets coursework and clinical experience requirements for the Michigan PK-3 Elementary and K-12 ESL endorsements.
  • Provides a comprehensive program to meet the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse students in K-12 schools based on current theory and research.
  • Prepares educators to collaborate and engage in dialogue with content area and general education colleagues to better serve the academic and linguistic needs of English learners.
  • Equips educators with knowledge of effective instructional methodologies to address English learners’ academic and linguistic needs.
  • Develops educators who can analyze and modify instructional materials and assessments depending on students’ English proficiency.

Who should apply

Pre-service teachers who:

  • Are currently enrolled in the Elementary Education PK-3 program.
  • Would like to learn about second language acquisition theories and teaching methodologies.
  • Are interested in becoming ESL teachers in K-12 schools.
  • Desire to teach in schools with a significant population of English learners.

Program Requirements

In addition to completing all of the coursework required for the Elementary Education K-3 program, students will complete a planned program of study consisting of 24 credits of coursework for the TESOL K-12 major. An overall program grade point average of 3.0 or better is required to continue in this bachelor’s program.


For more information, please contact Dr. Virginia David.