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WCE Opens 2015 Enrollment for ESL Licensure Program

Monday, January 27, 2014

ELMS Project Offers Many Opportunities for Area Educators

English as a Second Language (ESL) is a growing need in the state and nation, and the Watson College of Education offers a number of programs designed to help in-service content area teachers in North Carolina support English Language Learners (ELLs) in their classrooms. 

ELMS logoWCE’s ESL Add-On Licensure Program prepares content area teachers for K-12 certification in ESL as an add-on to current licensure.  The flexible online, instructor-led format makes it possible for in-service teachers throughout the state to participate in the program. In addition, the ELMS Project, funded for five years by the Department of Education’s Office of English Language Acquisition, offers in-state tuition reimbursement for K-12 teachers in North Carolina.

The program has been popular since its introduction in 2011.  There is a waiting list for the fall 2014 cohort, and the ELMS Project is accepting applications for fall 2015.

WCE also offers ESL Topics for Non-ESL Teachers, a course designed to prepare content area teachers to adapt instruction for ELLs.  This is an online, instructor-led course with tuition reimbursement available to N.C. teachers through the ELMS Project.

Professional development opportunities, including a 10-hour program offered monthly to teach ESL basics, are also offered. The self-paced format and online course delivery is perfect for busy professionals, and the ELMS Project covers course fees; no up-front payment is required.

Tuition reimbursement for WCE ESL programs will only be available through August 2016 when the five-year grant ends.  For more information about Add-On Licensure, ESL Topics for Non-ESL Teachers and ESL Professional Development opportunities available through the Watson College of Education visit https://uncw.edu/ed/elms/inservice.html or contact elms@uncw.edu