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Adult Programs

English Learners License (online)

A Program Designed with Full-Time Teachers in Mind

As a teacher, you fill many roles in the lives of your students. With an English Learners (EL) licensure addition from Goshen College, you’ll get the tools you need to support English language learners from kindergarten through 12th grade. Our program is designed with the full-time teacher in mind: take one course at a time online and complete the program in just ten months.

  • Current teachers in Indiana can apply for Indiana Teachers of English Learners Licensure (I-TELL) funding for full financial support for tuition, books and material fees to complete licensure coursework. More information here.

Professional Development for Teachers of English Learners

The Goshen College English Learners licensure program is designed for teachers who want to add an EL endorsement to their current teaching license. Through this program, working teachers develop the skills and knowledge they need to effectively teach English language learners in a variety of classroom contexts. You will also have the opportunity to put your new skills into practice through assignments carried out in your own classroom.

Gain the skills needed to:

  • Assess second language proficiency levels
  • Understand the impact of culture on English language learning
  • Develop lesson plans that meet the needs of ELLs
  • Implement strategies for teaching reading, writing, listening, speaking, and language acquisition
  • Advocate for English Learners

Our curriculum is collaboratively designed and taught by Goshen College education faculty and EL teachers in partner schools. This helps us ensure that we’re integrating the most current research with on-the-ground experiences in schools.

This convenient program is designed with the full-time teacher in mind:

Course of Study

All courses meet online via Zoom and/or asynchronously via our learning management system. Zoom meetings allow you to exchange ideas with colleagues and professors and discuss what you’re learning. Asynchronous assignments allow you to work on course content according to your own schedule.

Fall Semester

Educ 425 4 credits Methods of Teaching English Language Learners – Tuesdays, 7:00-9:30 p.m.

Spring Semester

Engl 310 3 credits Intro to Linguistics – Tuesdays 7:00-9:30 p.m.

May Term

Educ 450 2 credits Professional Capstone – Tuesdays 7:00-9:30 p.m.


Karen Yoder, a high school teacher and completer of our English Learner's Licensure program, shares her favorite parts of her Goshen College coursework.


English Learners Faculty

Suzanne Ehst

Professor of Education
Director of Secondary Education

Kathy Meyer Reimer

Professor of Education
Director of Elementary Education

Brooke Lemmon

Associate Professor of Education
Director of Special Education

Edgar Saucedo-Davila

Adjunct Professor of Education

Jennifer Eberly

Adjunct Professor of Education