Are you ready to expand your impact in today's diverse classroom? Our English as a New Language/English as a Second Language license prepares educators to deepen their understanding of classroom diversity and gives them tools to help students from different backgrounds succeed. A teacher may be licensed after completing 15 hours and passing the required state exams. Kentucky teachers need to complete the 24-hour program to be eligible for a Rank 1.


For an ENL/ESL license in Indiana, candidates must complete 15 credit hours of required coursework.

Required Courses
Dept./Course # Title Credit Hours
EDUC-L 524 Language Education Issues in Bilingual And Multicultural Education 3
EDUC-L 540 ESL/EFL Instruction and Assessment Approaches 3
EDUC-L 539 Language Foundation for ESL/EFL 3
EDUC-L 502 Socio‐Psycholinguistics Application to Reading Instruction 3
EDUC-M 501 Laboratory/Field Experience in ESL (Observations) 1
EDUC-M 501 Laboratory/Field Experience in ESL (Teaching in local settings) 2


In addition to the required courses for Indiana teaching licensure, those seeking rank 1 in Kentucky must take 3 additional courses from the following options (9 credit hours). Teachers must be licensed in Indiana before adding endorsement to Kentucky license.
Dept./Course # Title Credit Hours
EDUC-L 541 Writing Instruction for TESL Teachers 3
EDUC-L 546 Mentorship and Literacy Coaching of EFL/ESL Teaching (currently taught online via IU Bloomington) 3
EDUC-L 547 Language Policy and Planning (currently taught online via IU Bloomington) 3
Additional Option: Other related courses pending approval through petition. 3-9

Upgrade to a master's degree

You can choose to add your ENL/ESL course work to your master’s degree (MSED) as a concentration, and opt for the ENL/ESL concentration.

Admission Process

The ENL/ESL License Program features a rolling application process.

  1. Attend a mandatory program advising session (this can be a phone call with Dr. Albrecht). For all questions contact Donna Albrecht
  2. Complete online application. A $40 application fee is assessed when applying to program. If a previous application fee was paid the fee should be waived. To determine if fee is to be waived, please contact our Records Specialist at (812) 941-2388.
  3. Fill out the online self evaluation survey.
  4. Submit official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work completed at institutions other than an IU school. A 2.5 GPA for all undergraduate coursework, 3.0 GPA for all graduate coursework must be reflected on all transcripts.
  5. Also on the Uploads Tab, upload a copy of current teaching license or statement of eligibility. (Emergency license not acceptable.)

    A two-year gap in coursework will require a new application for re-admission into any graduate program, and a mandatory meeting with a program advisor. The re-admitted candidate must then comply with any new program requirements, if any.

Please send all completed materials to:

IU Southeast School of Education
Hillside Hall 108A
4201 Grant Line Road
New Albany, IN 47150

Graduate Admission Application Deadlines

  • Fall: Rolling application. Review up until ten days before the term begins.
  • Spring: Rolling application. Review up until ten days before the term begins.


  • Dr. Donna Albrecht, program advisor, will be conducting general advising sessions and licensing-related advising meetings. Please contact her at for more information. Check here for advising session dates.
  • All candidates pursing the M.S.Ed. with concentration in ENL/ESL, or a stand-alone ENL/ESL license must meet with Dr. Donna Albrecht,, in order to fully understand the requirements and the process, and to plan the tentative calendar for their course.
  • Candidates getting ready to finalize the program and needing clinical placements MUST CONTACT DR. DONNA ALBRECHT FOR THEIR CLINICAL PLACEMENT: PRE-REQUISITES, REGISTRATION IN M501 AND PLACEMENTS.

For more information please contact Lisa Hoffman or Dr. Donna Albrecht.

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Dr. Donna Albrecht

Associate Professor School of Education
Director of New Neighbors Center
Coordinator of ENL/ESL Programs

Hillside Hall 09
Phone: (812) 941-2594

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Lisa Hoffman Ph.D.

Director of Graduate Studies
Associate Professor

Hillside Hall 20B
Phone: (812) 941-2137