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ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) Certification

The following University of South Carolina courses meet the current South Carolina add-on requirements for ESOL certification. All courses are offered online asynchronously. Certification courses can be completed within or outside of the language and literacy M.Ed. program.


South Carolina Add-On Requirements for ESOL University of South Carolina Course
Teaching Reading and Writing to Limited English Proficient (LEP) Learners (3 hours) EDRD 796 - Teaching Reading and Writing to ESOL Learners: Theory and Practice (3)
Testing/Assessment for Language Minority Learners EDRD 797 - Assessment for English Language Learners (3)
ESOL Curriculum Design and Materials Development EDRD 798 - Curriculum Design and Materials Development for English Language Learners (3)
Principles and Strategies for Teaching ESOL to Elementary and Secondary Learners (3 hours) EDRD 795: ESOL Principles and Strategies for PreK-12 classrooms (3)
Linguistics (3 hours) EDRD 794: Linguistics for Classroom Teachers PreK-12 (3)

If you are considering the add-on certification in ESOL, you might be interested in the 100 percent online M.Ed. in Teaching with a specialization in English for Speakers of Other Languages

In order to gain add-on certification for ESOL, in addition to completing the above coursework with a grade of C or better, teachers must have:

  1. Bachelor’s degree or higher;
  2. Initial or Professional certificate at the early childhood, elementary, middle, secondary, or PK–12 level;
  3. Minimum qualifying score(s) on the content area examination(s) required by the South Carolina Department of Education.


Add-on certification is determined and granted by the South Carolina Department of Education. Prior to beginning coursework, it is recommended that teachers contact the South Carolina Department of Education to determine steps to add-on certification areas. Refer to the South Carolina Guidelines and Requirements for Adding Certification Fields and Endorsements for the most current add-on requirements as they are subject to change.

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