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Teacher Certificate Endorsement in English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

The University of North Georgia offers a fully online English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Endorsement for Georgia's P-12 teachers. The endorsement may be taken for graduate college credit or for PLU credit. The Georgia English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Endorsement is officially approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.

Applicants certified in Georgia should verify with their employer or the GaPSC whether the advanced degree leads to a certificate upgrade or pay increase. The GaPSC provides the Certificate Upgrade Advisor to assist with this process. Out-of-state applicants should also verify with their employer or certification body to verify certificate upgrades.

Application & Supporting Documents Deadline

Summer - May 1
Note: If program capacity is met prior to established admission deadlines, we will stop accepting applications for admission and cancel remaining incomplete applicants. Completing your application earlier is better.

Program Quick Facts

  • Online program, no campus visits required
  • Program length 12 credit hours
  • Program begins summer semester
  • Current teacher certification is required
  • Courses are offered online over 4 consecutive terms
  • One course is taken each term

The ESOL graduate level endorsement meets the following state of Georgia certification standards for ESOL:

  1. language as a system
  2. culture
  3. planning and implementing
  4. assessment
  5. professionalism

How to Apply

Select Your Student Type for Requirements and Application Steps

Endorsement Non-Degree


  • Baccalaureate from a regionally accredited, four year institution with a minimum grade point average of 2.50 calculated in accordance with Graduate Admissions procedures. If an endorsement program applicant holds a master’s degree, only the transcript showing the master’s degree awarded is required for submission to Graduate Admissions.
  • Current teacher certification.

Applying to UNG

Submit the online application for Graduate Admissions.

Please allow three business days after submitting your application for processing. You will receive an email from after your application has been reviewed for accuracy and updated with submitted documents. Please do not check your application status prior to receiving an email from this office as your online application checklist will not accurately reflect the required items for your program of interest.

  • Select Teaching Certificate Endorsement-ESOL.
  • Non-refundable application fee of $40.
  • Pay with a credit/debit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express) or electronic check (U.S. banks only) when completing the online application.
  • Include check or money order payable to UNG when submitting a paper application.

A minimum undergraduate grade point average of 2.50 calculated in accordance with Graduate Admissions procedures is required, or if an endorsement program applicant holds a master’s degree, only the transcript showing the master’s degree awarded is required for submission to Graduate Admissions.

Submit one set of official transcripts from each institution attended for all course work, undergraduate and beyond.

  • Transfer credit posted on records of other institutions is not accepted in lieu of transcripts from original institutions. Please request a transcript from each institution attended.
  • Official electronic transcripts are accepted if submitted from the issuing institution to Depending on the transcript service you are using, may not be an available option. You may then select any admissions or undergraduate admissions address. Electronic transcripts forwarded via email from the student are not accepted.
  • Official paper transcripts are accepted if submitted from the issuing institution and mailed to University of North Georgia Admissions Imaging Center, P.O. Box 1358, Gainesville, GA 30503-1358. Student paper transcripts are accepted only when issued to the student in a sealed envelope and submitted to Graduate Admissions unopened.
  • International transcripts must have a course-by-course credential evaluation by an independent evaluation service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, Inc. (NACES). Official evaluations must include certification that the applicant's course work and degrees earned are equivalent to course work and degrees earned from a regionally accredited institution of higher education in the United States and include a cumulative grade point average. Evaluations should be submitted from the evaluation service to Graduate Admissions. Evaluations must include certification that the applicant has received a baccalaureate from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum grade point average of 2.75. Applicants who have received degrees outside of the United States may be required to submit proof of English proficiency. Applicants will be notified if a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score is required. If required, scores must be sent directly from the testing agency. Personal copies and photocopies are NOT accepted. TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for two calendar years from the test date. Required minimum scores are, TOEFL internet based - 79, TOEFL computer based test - 213, TOEFL paper based test - 550, IELTS - 6.5.
  • Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GPSC) currently accepts transcript credential reports from four specified agencies.  For more details, review the GPSC website at
  • Transcripts of coursework completed in-residence at UNG will be obtained by Graduate Admissions.
  • If you completed your undergraduate degree at UNG, request official transcripts only from schools attended after graduating from UNG.

Board of Regents’ policy requires all applicants accepted for admission or readmission to UNG seeking in-state for tuition classification provide validation of residency and lawful presence in both the state of Georgia and the United States.

ESOL Endorsement Add-on Application for PLU credit

Summer Admission - Applications are now available.

Financial Aid & Payment Information

Financial aid is not available for PLU credit or non-degree seeking students. Students must be enrolled in a degree program to receive financial aid.

Payment for PLU Credit

Payment must be made in full by May 29 before June courses begin. Please make check payable to: Pioneer RESA, and write 'ESOL Endorsement UNG' on the MEMO line.

Mail check to: Attn: Dana Turner, College of Education, University of North Georgia, 82 College Cir, Dahlonega, GA 30597.

All ESOL Endorsement courses require a subscription to LiveText. If you do not already have a subscription, you may purchase one online at LiveText ('Standard Edition').

However, if you have a LiveText subscription, you may use it. But you must contact LiveText ( and ask them to 'add the University of North Georgia domain to your account”.

Program Questions?

Dr. Annmarie Jackson

Learn More About the ESOL Endorsement

Course & Cohort Schedule

TSLE 6001: Cultural Issues in ESOL (online)

TSLE 6002: Applied Linguistics in ESOL (online)

TSLE 6003: Materials & Methods in ESOL (online)

TSLE 6004: Assessments in ESOL (online)

*Note: Students take one course per term. Courses may not be taken out of sequence; enrollment in the next course is contingent upon successful completion of the previous one(s).

Program Details

  • Available to current or future classroom teachers with Georgia teaching certification seeking ESOL endorsement.
  • ESOL Endorsement begins Summer term.
  • Courses are offered online over 4 consecutive terms. (Students may repeat courses if needed).
  • One course is taken each term.
  • Students in the program must purchase LiveText online ('Standard Edition' at  to be able to complete the required assignments and assessments in the program.
  • Some courses require practicum hours or classroom assessment of English Language Learners; applicants who are current classroom teachers or substitute teachers may consider on the job hours as fulfilling these requirements. Applicants who are not in the classroom are responsible for securing permission from a local school to complete course practicum hours or assessments or can contact the Center for Language Education to work with students in the Intensive English Program.
  • Courses may be applied towards PLU credit.
  • Courses may be applied for graduate credit.  Graduate students may take the courses as non-degree students. Graduate credit may later be applied toward a Master of Education Degree. Contact Graduate Admissions for additional information.

All teacher certification programs are approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GA-PSC) and accredited by the former National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), now Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). Currently approved list of certification programs at UNG.

How to add ESOL Endorsement to your certificate

Where This Program Could Lead You

Notice Regarding Online Offerings

In compliance with state authorization for the delivery of distance education, UNG online courses, degrees and certificate programs are not available in some states. If you are not a Georgia resident, email to check program availability in your state. This email address is exclusively for questions regarding state authorization of online offerings. Other inquiries should be directed to the academic department offering the online program or to Graduate Admissions.

International applicants who will require F-1 status to attend UNG may not apply for part-time programs (less than nine hours fall and spring semesters) and are allowed only one on-line class per term to count towards full-time enrollment.

Professional Licensure and Certification

The University of North Georgia offers degree programs that meet the educational requirements students need to apply for professional licensure and certifications in Georgia. The programs may not meet education requirements for licensure or certification in other states.

For additional information, please review the Professional Licensure and Certification Disclosure.

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