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 Introductions to Theories of Language Learning

This course introduces basic theories of language learning, with a primary focus on English as a second language learning. We will examine linguistic, psychological, and sociocultural factors that influence language learning success with relevant language-learning research. The overall objectives of this course are to understand the basic mechanisms and phenomena of second language learning and to apply that understanding to teaching. (3 credits)

ENG 617 Methods in Teaching English Language Learners

The purpose of this course is to apply and practice principles of language learning to help linguistically and culturally diverse students acquire the academic and social language skills they need in order to become participating members of their schools and communities. Applying second-language acquisition principles, and examining evidence-based methods and strategies for instruction, you will develop and implement practical techniques and materials that address the language acquisition challenges of English language learners. (3 credits)

ENG 619 Assessment in TESOL

This course will explore different methods of assessing language performance in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Assessment of different language skills (i.e., listening, speaking, writing, reading, grammar) will be considered. Both quantitative and qualitative, formal and informal, measures will be covered. We will evaluate our assessments in validity, reliability, and practicality to create a strong assessment portfolio. (3 credits)

ENG 620 English Linguistics for Educators

You will gain a basic grasp of fundamental linguistic principles, key features of the sound system, vocabulary, and grammatical structure of English in contrast with languages commonly spoken by English language learners (ELLs) in Indiana and in relation to typical learner errors, and selected cultural aspects of language use. In addition to the knowledge in fundamental linguistics, you will also develop critical and analytical skills for applying the linguistic knowledge gained to issues in pedagogy and educational research. (3 credits)

ENG 633 Practicum in TESOL

In this capstone course, you reflect on your own development as a teacher through the program as well as learn to critique colleagues to aid in the continual improvement of their own and others’ teaching practice. This practicum course is conducted much like the “live” courses are conducted. You must submit a practicum proposal outlining the situation within which you will teach, your proposed goals for the practicum, and your plans for adaptation throughout. Once you have gotten approval for your proposal, you can begin work. If you have English language learners in your own classroom, you are allowed to use your own classroom. Additionally, you are required to videotape yourself weekly and upload the video for critique and response from classmates and the instructor. (3 credits)

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. Learn more about master's admissions.
  • 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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