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Graduate Secondary Content Area + ENL Licensure Project

Indiana has a shortage of licensed English as a New Language (ENL) teachers. Many Indiana schools are providing ENL services through literacy coaches, special education teachers, content area teachers, or paraprofessionals who have little to no training in teaching students who are English learners. In order to address the shortage of qualified ENL teachers, the College of Education applied for and was awarded a US Department of Education Title III National Professional Development grant. This funding will allow to license:

  • 20 unlicensed teachers or paraprofessionals in a secondary content area and P-12 ENL
  • 60 practicing, licensed teachers will add a P-12 ENL license to an existing elementary or secondary content area license

The grant will pay for tuition, but program participants will be responsible for books, testing fees, and other expenses.

Path 1: Initial secondary content area and P-12 ENL licensure

The second cohort starts in August 2019

The Graduate Secondary + ESL Licensure Program in Secondary Education and K-12 English as a second language provides working adults with expertise in a content area the opportunity to pursue licensure in secondary education (grades 5-12) and English as a second language (grades K-12). It is a unique avenue for people with bachelor's degrees to enter the teaching profession with the support and name recognition of the highly respected faculty in the College of Education.

Program Highlights & Requirements

Program Requirements

Bachelor's degree or master’s degree from an accredited institution or international equivalent AND

  • A 3.0 cumulative GPA or GRE score of 301 (875 for older GRE exams)
  • Successful completion of the CASA exam OR one of the following:
    • ACT score of 24 (Math, Reading, Grammar and Science)
    • SAT score of 1100 (Critical Reading and Math)
    • GRE score of 1100 (Verbal and Quantitative) prior to 8.1.11
    • GRE score of 301 (Verbal Quantitative) after 8.1.11
    • A master's degree from an accredited institution or international equivalent
  • Two Letters of Recommendation 
  • Interview with Butler faculty
  • Content Knowledge Proficiency (see below)
  • Successful completion of IN CORE Assessment test in intended content area

 

Preferred Candidate Characteristics

  • Multilingual
  • Currently working as a teacher or paraprofessional in a K-12 setting

Content Knowledge Proficiency

Candidates must have a bachelor’s or master’s degree from an accredited institution, international equivalent, or significant coursework in one of the middle secondary licensable areas. Content licensure is available for all the following areas (grades 5-12):

  • English/Language Arts
  • Foreign Languages (Spanish, French, German)
  • Mathematics
  • Science (Biology, Physics, Chemistry)
  • Social Studies (Economics, Geographical Perspectives, Government and Citizenship, Historical Perspectives, Psychology, Sociology)

Prospective graduate students seeking a content specific secondary (grades 5-12) teaching license must have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0, AND a minimum GPA of 2.75 in the content courses for the license area, or the international equivalent. Prospective students who do not meet the minimum content area GPA requirement OR who do not have an undergraduate degree in the content area in which they seek licensure may choose to submit a portfolio of successful professional experiences.

Portfolios should document relevant work experience and coursework in the intended area of licensure to demonstrate content expertise according to each content area's professional organization standards.

Indiana CORE Assessment Test

As required by Indiana's Department of Education, all candidates must also pass the Indiana CORE Assessment in their intended licensure area prior to admission. For more information on registration and scores, please see the IN CORE ASSESSMENT website.

Other Requirements

Candidates completing the program must meet all academic requirements for provisional licensure at the appropriate level in the state of Indiana. Persons with misdemeanor or felony convictions may not be eligible for licensure. Candidates are responsible for completing additional requirements as mandated by the State of Indiana.

Testing Requirements

Prior to Admission

  • CASA Exam OR equivalent
  • Indiana CORE Content Test
  • Bachelor’s or master’s degree

During Program

  • Indiana CORE Pedagogy Test and ENL test
  • CPR/Heimlich/AED Training
  • Suicide Prevention Training

Plan of Study

Note: Schedules for courses are not finalized until one semester prior.

The Graduate Secondary + ESL Licensure program is a two-year commitment.  Participants are expected to complete all the courses in the course sequence as listed below.

Year 1

Fall 2019

ED 450 Introduction to Secondary Education (2 credit hours)
AND
ED529 Teaching Reading in the Content Areas (3 credit hours)

Spring 2020

ED490 Assessment of Students with Special Needs (3 credit hours)
AND
ED497 Inclusive Education for Multilingual and Multicultural Students (3 credit hours)

Summer I 2020

ED 480 Foundations of Teaching Children with Differences (2 credit hours)
Summer II 2020
ED498 Inclusive Pedagogy for Diverse Learners (ESL Methods) (3 credit hours)

Year 2

Fall 2020

ED408 Foundations of Effective Reading Instruction (3 credit hours)
AND
ED 528 Issues in Curriculum & Instruction (Secondary Content Methods) (3 credit hours)
AND
ED 528A Secondary Curriculum and Instruction Field Experience Lab (1 credit hour)

Spring 2021

ED 438 Student Teaching (2 credit hours) 
ED465 Second Language Acquisition and Assessment (3 credit hours)
ED 492 Special Education Law (1 credit hour)

Summer I 2021

ED 583 Characteristics of Children Needing Mild Intervention (3 credit hours)

Summer II 2021

ED467 Standards-Based Professional Practices for Multilingual Learners (3 credit hours)

Total Program = 35 Hours

To search for when required classes are offered, please visit the course search. If you have trouble finding a course or have questions about course schedule, please contact Registration and Records at 317-940-9203.

Are You Ready to Apply?

We will begin accepting applications for our August 2019 cohort in January, 2019. The deadline for submitting a completed application and all related materials is June 30, 2019.  Materials review and interviews July 1-July 31, 2019.  Applicants will be notified of acceptance decisions by Fall 2019. 

Prerequisites must be completed before submitting application. Interested individuals should apply online at https://www.butler.edu/apply.

For questions about Butler University's Initial Secondary + ENL Licensure Program, please contact Cathy Bhathena at cbhathen@butler.edu.

Path 2: ENL addition to an existing teaching licensure

Our next cohort begins summer 2020

Program Highlights & Requirements

Program Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree or master’s degree from an accredited institution or international equivalent.
  • Valid Indiana teacher’s license
  • Currently working as a teacher in a K-12 setting, with a minimum of 4 students who are English learners
  • A 3.0 cumulative GPA or GRE score of 301 (875 for older GRE exams)
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Interview with Butler faculty

Plan of Study

Note: Schedules for courses are not finalized until one semester prior. The ENL Licensure option is a one year commitment. Participants are expected to complete all the courses in the course sequence as listed below. Courses follow the Butler University calendar.

Summer I 2020
ED497 Inclusive Education for Multilingual Learners

Summer II 2020
ED490 Assessment of Students with Special Needs

Fall 2020
ED498 Methods for Teaching Multilingual Learners

Spring 2021
ED408 Foundations of Effective Reading Instruction

Summer I 2021
ED465 Second Language Acquisition and Assessment

Summer II 2021
ED467 Standards-Based Professional Practices for Multilingual Learners

Are You Ready to Apply?

Teachers who are interested in the ENL licensure option at Butler University can enroll in the program as a non-degree seeking student or apply for admission to the Master's in Effective Teaching and Learning (METL) Program. The METL program is an inquiry-based teacher research graduate program. All of the courses in the ENL licensure option at Butler University count as electives in the METL program.

We will begin taking applications for the Path #2 ENL licensure option in January 2020. The deadline for submitting a completed application and all related materials is April 1, 2020.  Materials review and interviews April 1-April 30, 2020. Applicants will be notified of acceptance decisions by May 10, 2020. 

For questions about ENL licensure option, please contact Cathy Bhathena at cbhathen@butler.edu.

This program is sponsored by a grant from the US Department of Education. While the award is for 5 years, funding is awarded on a year to year basis. Annual continuation of the coursework is contingent upon continued federal funding.