Bethany College pre-service teaching candidates at both the elementary and secondary levels may now acquire additional endorsements in English Language Learning (ELL) as of the 2012-2013 school year.
Last spring, a kindergarten through sixth grade endorsement was approved by the Kansas State Department of Education. This spring, KSDE approved the addition of the endorsement for secondary teaching majors.
The endorsement, which is integrated throughout the existing coursework for teacher education candidates with the addition of a Linguistics course and an ELL methods of assessment and instruction course, assists candidates in licensing at the bachelor’s degree level.
Currently Professor of English Linda Lewis teaches the Linguistics class. Part-time instructor Cheryl Werth, who is also a lead teacher at Stewart Elementary School in Salina, Kan., teaches the ELL methods course.
There is a high demand for endorsed teachers in the field of second language development. By integrating these concepts into established coursework, Bethany students have the advantage of acquiring this endorsement during their four-year education. The process also includes field experience and clinical practice in an ELL setting.