PK-12 teachers can apply to be part of the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Institute and earn an Arkansas Department of Education Professional Development Certificate in Teaching English Learners. An ADE grant will cover the cost.
The ESOL Institute will provide PK-12 teachers with training to meet the educational needs of students for whom English is a second language. The U of A College of Education and Health Professions will select 100 (2 cohorts of 50) PK-12 teachers to participate in the Institute, based on predetermined criteria. ADE selected the U of A as one of three institutions in the state to provide ESOL Institutes in 2018.
Participants will attend intensive six-day summer workshops, attend four follow-up workshops during the 2018-19 academic year, and complete online work. There are a total of 100 face-to-face contact hours - 60 hours during the summer and 40 hours during the fall and spring semesters. Online work will cover four modules, and students are expected to take about 18 to 20 hours to complete each module.
In addition to earning the ADE certificate, Institute participants can choose to apply for admission to the U of A and pay tuition (discounted through the grant) to earn 12 hours of academic credit Visit the Global Campus Professional Development website for more information and to apply.