ESL Training Opportunities


The 2012 Our Kids Summer Institute will be held June 19-20 at Valley High School in West Des Moines. The institute will provide participants with the opportunity to network with other educational professionals and to discover new strategies for working with English language learners in Iowa. Keynote speaker is Dr. Kristen French. Additional session topics include RTI, Co-Teaching/Collaboration, Technology for ELLs, and Literacy for Limited Formal School Population. This event is sponsored by the Iowa Department of Education, Heartland AEA, Prairie Lakes AEA, William Penn University, and the West Des Moines School District. Download the flyer below for more details.


RICE is offering six 3-hour online sessions between October 3 and November 13, 2011 for content-specific training in the following subjects:

310p Secondary English Language Arts

311p Secondary Math

312p Secondary Science

313p Secondary Social Studies


Grand Canyon University

Continuing Teacher Education Courses

ESL 5000 SEI English Language Teaching

ESL 5001 Advanced Methodologies in Structured English Immersion

To learn more about Continuing Education for Teachers,

call 602-513-4135 or email

ESL Endorsement Program Opportunities

The following is a BoEE list of colleges that offer ESL endorsement programs:


Iowa State University TESL Certificate Program


This convenient, one-year certificate will prepare you to teach English to speakers of other languages. After completing this four-course program, students wishing to pursue a graduate degree in TESL/Applied Linguistics (MA) or Applied Linguistics & Technology (PhD) at Iowa State University may apply credits from certificate courses towards these programs. Although the TESL Certificate program does not grant endorsement to teach in the State of Iowa, some TESL Certificate courses can be applied toward a K-12 Endorsement for the State of Iowa.

ESL Endorsement Waiver Info

In 2008, the ESL endorsement grandfather clause allowing any teacher who was licensed prior to October 1, 1988 to teach ESL without a current ESL endorsement was removed with the provision that, starting July 1, 2012, every ESL/SEI teacher, regardless of when licensed, is required to hold a valid ESL endorsement (endorsement #104). Those previously teaching ESL/SEI under that grandfather clause may now through June 1, 2012, apply for an ESL endorsement waiver through the state BoEE. Please check out the requirements for this waiver to see if you could qualify on the basis of your ESL teaching and training experience.