English as a New Language License

Giving Voice to English Language Learners

Students who are learning to speak the English language for the first time are taking their seats in classrooms all across the country. No doubt you have English language learners--students who are challenged in their speaking, reading, writing, and understanding of English--in the classroom where you teach.

As an educator and community leader who’s aware of the linguistically and culturally diverse populations in this nation, it’s your role—and your professional privilege—to serve elementary and secondary students who may be struggling with class content due to language barriers.

What Ball State Can Do for You

Ball State can prepare you to support English language learners with our English as a new language license. This add-on license requires five three-hour courses and can be finished in a year.

Courses for the license provide practical applications which you can take into your classroom the very next day.

Our license program is organized around five domains that support TESOL’s (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) P-12 Teacher Education Program Standards:

  1. Language
  2. Culture
  3. Instruction
  4. Assessment
  5. Professionalism

The program uses the five domains, which are practiced nationally, to provide a broad foundation for teachers who want their students to enjoy classroom success and become fully integrated into the life of the school and the community.

Achievement data suggest that English language learners lag behind their peers. But this licensing credential can help you and your school prepare to teach this growing population. As an educator-ambassador, your efforts can enrich the future of the city or town where you teach.

Mode of delivery

Because it’s offered 100 percent online, this licensure program won’t interrupt your teaching career.

If you are an educator, discover how you can lead your school in serving linguistically and culturally diverse students by requesting more information about this license. Or, you can learn about admission requirements and how to apply.

Academic advisor

Lynne Stallings
Advisor, English as a New Language License

Online and Distance Education
David Letterman Communication and Media Building (LB), Room 131
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern time, Monday-Friday
Phone: 1-800-872-0369 or 765-285-1581
Fax: 765-285-7161
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