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TESOL Licensure Program

The TESOL Licensure Program (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) is a series of five graduate-level classes for teachers to add English as a New Language (ENL) P-12 certification to their Indiana license. This online program is flexibly-designed to fit around your full-time teaching schedule.

As a licensed ENL teacher, you will be more hirable, prepared and confident as you come alongside English Language Learners (ELL). Nearly half of Indiana’s local education agencies (LEAs) reported having zero ENL-licensed teachers on staff during the 2018-2019 school year while more than 90% of Indiana LEAs reported having at least one English learner enrolled (IDOE). Our schools need you!

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Ask us how you could qualify to have your program tuition and textbooks covered!

Classes will fit around your schedule!

The structure of the TESOL licensure program is uniquely flexible. Classes are online and each one is self-paced over 4 months. You can determine the start date for a class by enrolling any day of the year. 

You can work on a class any time of the day and never have to be online at a specific time. Classes do require in-person classroom observations and experiences completed in your community.

Licensure Classes
TSL 501 Introduction to Second Language Acquisition and the Field of TESOL (3 credits)

This course discusses the role of the English language in the contemporary world and how language and culture shape human interactions. It provides an introductory understanding of the field of second language acquisition, from the perspective of both learning and teaching a new language. It also explores the teaching of English in ministry in US and international contexts.

Field Experience 5 hours of cross-cultural interaction
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Jan Dormer

  • EdD, TESOL Curriculum, Teaching and Learning, University of Toronto
  • MA, TESOL, Ball State University
  • BA, Elementary Education, Asbury College

TSL 503 Methods and Assessment in TESOL (3 credits)

This course develops understanding and skill in classroom instruction of English learners, including lesson planning, teaching, and assessment. Topics covered include teaching methods and techniques for all aspects of English language development, educational technology, curricular planning, and formative assessment.

Field Experience 10 hours of observation and 10 hours of teaching
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Megan I. Beard

  • PhD, Educational Administration, University of South Carolina
  • MEd, Higher Education & Student Affairs, University of South Carolina
  • TESOL Certificate, Messiah University
  • BARSC, Cross-Cultural Pre-Medical Studies & Women’s Health, University of South Carolina

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Heidi Hoopingarner

  • MS, Language Education, Indiana University
  • BS, Secondary Social Studies Education, Taylor University

TSL 505 Pedagogical Grammar and Applied Linguistics in TESOL (3 credits)

Introduces applied linguistics and its practical implications in language teaching. Provides study of English grammar, and how English structures are taught and explained to English learners.10 hours

Field Experience 10 hours of grammar and writing feedback
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Nancy Ackles

  • PhD, Linguistics, University of Washington
  • MA, Linguistics, University of Washington
  • MA, Practical Studies, Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary
  • MA, Education, Claremont Graduate School
  • BA, English, Whitman College

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Joshua Tokar

  • MA, ESL, Hamline University
  • BA, German, St. Cloud University
  • ABS, Biblical Studies, Moody Bible Institute

TSL 510 Teaching ELL in P12 Classroom (3 credits)

Intended for future US public school ESOL professionals, this course addresses English language learners (ELLs) in P-12 classrooms. Investigates TESOL-related legislation and its effect on schools, students, and teachers, as well as types of ESOL programs used in US schools and their effectiveness. Studies effective advocacy, strategies for collaboration with families and non-ESOL colleagues and paraprofessionals, and helpful resources and services.

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David McGinness

  • EdD, ESL Education, Northcentral University
  • MA, Language Education, IUPUI
  • BS, Spanish Education, Taylor University
  • BA, Biblical Literature, Taylor University

TSL 582 Practicum and Seminar in TESOL (3 credits)

This course is comprised of a supervised ESOL field experience totaling a minimum of 40 hours, plus accompanying seminar sessions focused on reflection, development of teaching skill, and TESOL professionalization.

Field Experience 20 hours of observation and 20 hours of teaching
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Jan Dormer

  • EdD, TESOL Curriculum, Teaching and Learning, University of Toronto
  • MA, TESOL, Ball State University
  • BA, Elementary Education, Asbury College

Licensure Tests

Content Area Assessment:  Subject assessments measure your content knowledge of the subject(s) you will teach.  To add the TESOL content area to a teaching license, you must take and pass the following test after you complete your courses:

            English to Speakers of Other Languages (test code 5362)

Praxis Testing Website

You are not alone in this process. We are here to help you! Please contact us if you have questions: 

Joy Elzinga, Director of Teacher Licensure,, 765-998-5286
April Dickey, Director of Transition to Teaching/Online Licensure Programs,, 765-998-5145 


Applications are accepted year-round for Taylor University’s online TESOL Licensure program. To apply, please submit the following:

License and transcripts can be emailed to or mailed to:

Taylor University, Education Department
ATTN: Director, Transition to Teaching/Online Licensure Programs
1846 Main Street
Upland, IN 46989


Tuition is paid one class at a time as you proceed through the program. It is due when you enroll in a course—a date you select. Once paid, you can start the course the next business day. You don’t have to wait for a semester or scheduled date to get started!  

  • One-time enrollment fee: $100 (Pay by credit card or mail to the address provided above.)
  • Credit hour rate: $450 per credit hour
  • 3 credit hour course: $1,350
  • TESOL program total: $6,750 (15 credit hours)

Financial aid is not available for the TESOL Licensure program.

We are here to help you add ENL certification!

Meet Lyn. She will help you add TESOL to your Indiana teaching license!

Lyn Kline

Graduate Enrollment Counselor

  • MA, Ball State University
  • BS, Huntington University
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