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.

License Requirements

The English as a New Language/English as a Second Language (ENL/ESL) program at IU Southeast, in partnership with IU Bloomington, is offered as a license addition, requiring an initial teaching license. The program combines four online courses offered by IU Bloomington and four onsite courses offered by IU Southeast. The ENL/ESL program currently consists of eight (8) courses for a total of 24 credit hours.

Some coursework may be applicable to the M.S.Ed. degree requirements at IU Southeast. Candidates interested in pursuing the master´s degree should verify degree requirements with the IU Southeast graduate licensing advisor and ENL/ESL program coordinator. 9 credit hours may be used toward the M.S.Ed. if application to the M.S.Ed. program occurs after admission to the ENL/ESL license program. Program may also meet district/corporation and +30 Option requirements.

IU Southeast´s graduate licensing advisor will initiate the licensing procedures and will provide assistance to candidates as well as inter-institutional coordination. IU Bloomington's licensing office will finalize license recommendations at program completion. Course substitutions are approved by the IU Bloomington licensing office, while advising takes place at IU Southeast.

Required Courses

For an ENL/ESL license, candidates must complete 24 credit hours of required coursework.

License covers the following areas:

  • Language Foundations: 3 credit hours
  • Literacy Foundation: 3 credit hours
  • Foundations in Socio‐Cultural Issues: 6 credit hours
  • Methods of Classroom Applications: 9 credit hours
  • Clinical work: 3 credit hours
Required Courses
Dept./Course # Title Credit Hours
EDUC-L 539 Language Foundation for ESL/EFL 3
EDUC-L 502 Socio‐Psycholinguistics Application to Reading Instruction 3
EDUC-L 524 Language Issues* 3
EDUC-H 520 Education and Social Issues 3
EDUC-L 520 Advance Study of Second Language* 3
EDUC-L 540 ESL/EFL Instruction and Assessment Approaches 3
EDUC-L 541 Writing instruction for ESL/EFL Teachers 3
Clinical Work/Field Experience Requirement (3 credit hours)
Dept./Course # Title Credit Hours
Option A
EDUC-M 501 Laboratory/Field Experience in ESL (Observations) 1
Option B
EDUC-M 501 Laboratory/Field Experience in ESL (Teaching in local settings) 2
EDUC-H 553 Travel Study (Teaching Abroad) 2

*IU Southeast courses addressing ENL/ESL teaching and learning (E514 and E518 prior to the number change to L524 and L520) may be petitioned as substitutions. Please refer to course validation policies in the Graduate Studies Handbook.

For candidates who earned the first degree at IU Southeast, 1 additional credit hour is required from local clinical experience (M 501).

For IU (Bloomington) School of Education online course registration, contact Jeff Heller, Coordinator of Distance Education and Professional Development, at or (812) 856-8548.

Upgrade to a master's degree

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

Admission Process

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

  1. Attend a mandatory program advising session.
  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 Mary Ann Wild, Records Specialist at or (812) 941-2388.
  3. On the Uploads Tab, upload a brief statement as to your professional motivations for pursuing this license. Also, state 3 goals of pursuing your license in ENL/ESL at the bottom of this statement/document and address the SOE dispositions in the statement.
  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.)

NOTE: Clinical experience may take place locally or through a study abroad option in Ecuador.

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
Mary Ann Wild, Records Specialist
Hillside Hall 108A
4201 Grant Line Road
New Albany, IN 47150

Graduate Admission Application Deadlines

  • Summer Session 1: Rolling application. Review up until ten days before the term begins.
  • Summer Session 2: Rolling application. Review up until ten days before the term begins.
  • 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

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