If your classroom is in a community in Indiana, no doubt you have encountered students who are speaking the English language for the first time. During the first decade of the 21st century, Indiana had the second fastest growing English language learner (ELL) population in the nation, according to the Migration Policy Institute.

But as an educator and community leader who’s aware of the linguistically and culturally diverse populations who are making Indiana their home, it’s your role—if not your professional privilege—to serve elementary and secondary students who may be struggling with your content due to language barriers.

What Ball State Can Do for You

Ball State can prepare you to support English language learners with our completely online English as a new language license. This add-on license requires a total of five courses (three credits each) 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 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 Hoosier city or town where you teach.

Academic Advisor

Lynne Stallings, Advisor
Department of English

Course Requirements

This 5-course program can be completed in one or two years depending on student availability and enrollment. Contact Lynne Stallings to see scheduling options.

  • ENG 616 Introduction to Theories of Language Learning
  • ENG 617 Methods in Teaching English Language Learners
  • ENG 619 Assessment in TESOL
  • ENG 620 English Linguistics for Educators
  • ENG 633 Practicum in TESOL

For a complete list of program requirements, see the course catalog.

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Sample Schedules

One-Year Option

Summer: ENG 620
Fall: ENG 616 and ENG 617
Spring: ENG 619 and ENG 633

Two-Year Option 

Year 1
Summer: ENG 620
Fall: ENG 616
Spring: ENG 619 

Year 2
Fall: ENG 617
Spring: ENG 633

Ready to Apply?

Your first step in taking program courses is to apply and meet the admission requirements of the Ball State Graduate School.

You must select an educational objective on the admission application. Below are two common types that may apply to you:

  • Degree Seeking: Official transcripts from all institutions attended beyond high school are required. Also, an undergraduate cumulative grade point average of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Licensure Status: Often teachers who need to complete one or two courses to renew their teaching license select the nondegree licensure status. If you have questions about licensing requirements, contact Office of Teacher Education Services at 1-800-382-8540. Contact the Graduate School for additional information about the application process.


Admission to Ball State is selective, and we carefully evaluate all application on an individual basis. Applying for admission is easy. Use our convenient, comprehensive, and secure online application.


Students from Other States

Ball State is authorized to accept online students from all U.S. states. However, certain states have regulations regarding licensing programs in nursing and education. Learn more about state authorizations for non-Indiana students.

Want to Learn More?

Do you have questions about this program or online learning? We’re here to help! You may request more information using our online form, or feel free to reach out directly to one of our staff.

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