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DeKalb County School System ESOL Endorsement Registration

Program Description

Welcome to the DeKalb County School District (DCSD) ESOL Endorsement registration. Please note that this registration is only open to certified teachers employed by DCSD. Registration for the 2017-2018 school year will close Thursday, August 29, 2017. Space is limited and will be awarded on a first come first serve basis.

The DCSD ESOL Endorsement Program consists of 4 graduate level courses that will require high levels of participation:

  • Methods and Materials for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
  • Applied Linguistics
  • ESOL Instructional Strategies
  • Multicultural Education and Cultural Issues

The ESOL Endorsement Program also includes: field experiences, a summer teaching practicum, SIOP Training, and an ESOL Policies, Procedures, and Practices Workshop.

Teachers who are selected for this program will become part of a cohort of other teachers throughout the 4 courses.

The four 50-hour classes (200 hours) are the equivalent to 20 PLUs. Once enrolled in the Endorsement, participants are required to bring a check in the amount of $50.00 made out to the DeKalb County EL Studies Program to each our the four face-to-face classes. These checks will be held until the end of each class. If any participant drops the class or fails to pass with 80%, the deposit will not be returned

All interested applicants must register with CaseNEX on or before Tuesday, August 29, 2017. You can register using the form at the bottom of this page. Upon successful registration, you will receive an email confirmation from our website. Approximately 3-5 days before the start of your course, you will receive information for how to access your course.

Admission Requirements:

To be admitted to the ESOL endorsement program, all participants must: :

  1. Provide a copy of a valid, clear and renewable Georgia certificate (You can obtain a copy of your certificate from the following website:
  2. Provide an Administrator Evaluation form completed by your principal (or a letter of recommendation from your Principal).
  3. Completed three or more years of successful teaching in DeKalb County Schools.
  4. Write a 5-paragraph essay explaining why you would like to participate in the ESOL Endorsement Program.

All documents must then be submitted to the EL Studies Program office as a complete packet with a copy of the ESOL Endorsement Application Checklist form and the CaseNEX registration confirmation e-mail by Tuesday, August 29, 2017. Incomplete packets will NOT be submitted for processing.

A final confirmation regarding the successful admission to the endorsement program will be e-mailed by Wednesday, September 6, 2017.

All successful applicants will receive a welcoming email from CaseNEX approximately 3-5 days prior to the course start date. The email will include a PIN link and specific directions that must be followed so that you can create your account to begin your CaseNEX course.

**If you have any questions regarding the registration process for the ESOL Endorsement classes, please contact Dr. Evelyn Hall, ELL Coordinator, at (678) 676-6602**


2017 – 2018 Schedule

Press here to download ESOL Endorsement Program 2017 — 2018 Schedule


Course and Workshop Descriptions

ESOL Applied Linguistics
This course provides an overview of linguistics, the scientific study of language, and of theories of Second Language acquisition. Participants will learn how to evaluate a Limited English Proficient (LEP) student's linguistic competence in terms of phonetics, phonology, morphology, semantics, syntax, discourse/text analysis, and pragmatics/sociolinguistics. A requirement for ESOL endorsement in many states, this course is also helpful for any educator wishing to understand how language is learned.

ESOL Instructional Strategies
Teachers and school personnel encounter students who speak many languages other than English and need support in developing appropriate instructional strategies to ensure student success. This course is intended for both classroom and ESOL teachers who will learn a wide range of instructional strategies for supporting ESOL students in content area learning. Participants will use a practical approach with immediate classroom application to address the needs of a diverse student population.

Methods and Materials for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
During this course, participants will study, apply, and reflect on knowledge of how language works and is learned. They will explore the relationship of culture to language learning and to learners' adaptation to new schools and settings. Participants will also examine ways of structuring curricula and instruction and practice strategies for developing the classroom learning community and providing effective language teaching and learning. This course includes strategies to implement in the challenging classroom environment of today.
As part of this course, participants are required to complete:

  • 3 ESOL classroom observations, one from each level (elementary/middle/high)
  • Field experience which includes visiting the facility and interviewing the personnel at a refugee or immigrant servicing agency then completing a 2-page write-up. Please submit the three observations and field experience write-ups electronically to your instructor. Classroom observation forms are online.

Multicultural Education and Cultural Issues
School systems must meet the needs of students and parents from a wide range of cultures. This course helps teachers and school personnel understand the impact of culture on learning. It provides an in-depth discussion of the concept of culture and how it is expressed through communication, belief systems, value orientations, and patterns of thinking and behaving. Participants will gain practical knowledge based on current research about creating and adapting the learning environment, curriculum, and materials for culturally diverse students. As part of this course, participants are required to complete 3 lessons (elementary/middle/high) which could be implemented during the ESOL Summer Enrichment sites during the second and/or third week of June.

Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP) Workshop
Participants are required to attend SIOP training in June (or during the school year) as part of your ESOL endorsement. During the SIOP workshop, participants will learn the research-based framework of the sheltered instruction approach for English Language Learners, become familiar with the eight components of effective sheltered instruction lessons, and practice observing and evaluating sheltered instruction lessons. This 2-day face-to-face training is tentatively scheduled for May 30-31, 2018. However, if participants attend SIOP training during the school year, they will not have to participate in the 2-day summer workshop.

ESOL Policies, Procedure, and Practices Workshop
Participants are required to participate in this 6-hour training at the end of May as part of your ESOL endorsement. During this workshop, participants will learn the state, federal, and local guidelines for regarding instructional programs; professional development; parental notification and outreach; record keeping and maintenance for the ESOL Program. This all day training is tentatively scheduled for May 29, 2018


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