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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 first cohort starts in May 2018

The graduate ESL Licensure Program in K-12 English as a second language provides currently licensed public school teachers the opportunity to pursue licensure in English as a second language (grades K-12). It is a unique avenue for people who want to build their expertise in teaching ESL students 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

    • Application for Graduate Admission into a non-degree program

    • Official transcript from each college or university previously attended, must be mailed or sent electronically directly from the issuing institution. International students must hold a degree from a school recognized by the government or educational ministry within the country.

    • International students also must provide official financial documentation, as required by the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services and the U.S. Department of State.
    • Two Letters of Recommendation.
    • Interview with Butler faculty

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 ESL Licensure program is a one-year commitment. Participants are expected to complete all the courses in the course sequence as listed below. All classes are face-to-face classes on the Butler University campus.

Summer 2018
ED490 Assessment of Students with Special Needs (3 credit hours)
ED497 Multicultural Education (3 credit hours)

Fall 2018
ED498 Methods for Teaching Multilingual Learners (3 credit hours)

Spring 2019
ED408 Foundations of Effective Reading Instruction (3 credit hours)

Summer 2019
ED465 Second Language Acquisition and Assessment (3 credit hours)
ED467 Standards-Based Professional Practices for Multilingual Learners (3 credit hours)

Total Program = 18 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?

Applications are welcomed for our August 2018 cohort and will begin to be reviewed in June 2018. The deadline for submitting a completed application and all related materials is June 15, 2018.  Materials review and interviews April 16-May 15.  

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

For questions about Butler University's ESL Licensure Program, please contact Cathy Bhathena at cbhathen@butler.edu or 317-523-4713.

 

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.

Path 2: ENL addition to an existing teaching licensure

Begins summer 2018

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.

Summer II
ED497 Inclusive Education for Multilingual Learners
ED490 Assessment of Students with Special Needs

Fall
ED498 Methods for Teaching Multilingual Learners

Spring
ED408 Foundations of Effective Reading Instruction

Summer I
ED465 Second Language Acquisition and Assessment

Summer II
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 2018. 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.