English as a Second Language Add-on


License | English as a Second Language Add-on

Program Format:   
Entrance Exam: Not required

Intended for currently employed, licensed North Carolina teachers and for those who are pursuing teacher licensure through an approved degree program at NC State, the ESL license will add on to the teacher’s current teaching license at the level of initial licensure.

Our online education option is unique among approved licensure programs. It offers teachers the ability to complete licensure coursework via videotape or internet. This will help teachers who do not live close to licensure programs to complete the requirements for ESL licensure without traveling to campus.

The NC State ESL add-on licensure program reflects the new standards for ESL language teachers approved by the North Carolina Board of Education. It is intended for undergraduate teacher education majors or currently employed North Carolina teachers holding a current initial or continuing license in another field.

This program may lead to Professional Licensure.


Licensure applicants must have studied the equivalent of one semester of college-level foreign language and must have received a grade of "C" or higher,  either prior or during their ESL Add-On coursework.  Note: Teacher education students at North Carolina State University are exempt from the foreign language requirement.

Non-native speakers of English must achieve a score of 100 on the TOEFL and a score no lower than 28 on the Test of Spoken English (TSE) or its institutional equivalent, the SPEAK test, as entrance requirements into the program.

Applicants must hold a current initial or continuing North Carolina Teaching License.

With their application, students must submit:

  • Transcripts from all accredited 4-year colleges or universities attended including proof of at least one semester of foreign language.
  • A personal statement of professional goals.
  • Two professional letters of recommendation from a supervisor or administrator.
  • Description of your foreign language background.
  • Notification of Test of English as a Foreign Language Score of 250 (Computer-Based TOEFL) or 600 (Paper-Based TOEFL). This requirement is for nonnative speakers of English only.
  • Notification of Test of Spoken English (TSE) or SPEAK Test score of 50. This requirement is for nonnative speakers of English only.
  • A check for $50 for processing made out to the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures.

The program follows a rolling admissions schedule.


This 12-credit undergraduate program includes four three-credit undergraduate courses. At 2019-20 tuition rates, the cost of these courses is $237 per credit for North Carolina residents and $916 per credit for non-residents. Thus, the total estimated cost for the program is $2,844 for North Carolina residents and $10,992 for non-residents. See Online and Distance Education Tuition and Fees for cost details.

The ESL licensure program consists of four courses (12 credit hours), as follows:

FL 424 - Linguistics for ESL Professionals

Units: 3

Study of the diachronic nature of language and the phonological, morphological, syntactic, and semantic features of English in relation to other world language groups. Application of linguistic principles to the ESL classroom. Analysis of common errors in grammar due to first language interference. Discussion of teaching strategies based on current research in second-language acquisition. Credit will not be given for both FL 424 and FL 524.

Offered in Spring Only

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2019 Spring Term

FL 427 - Methods and Materials in Teaching English as a Second Language

Units: 3

Methodologies and current approaches to teaching English as a Second Language. Techniques and strategies for teaching reading, writing, listening, speaking and culture. Selection, adaptation, and creation of instructional materials for various levels of proficiency and teaching situations. Evaluation and assessment of written and oral language proficiency through standardized and non-standardized assessment tools. Students cannot receive credit for both FL/ECI 427 and FL/ECI 527.

Offered in Fall Only

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2019 Fall Term

FL 436 - Perspectives on English as a New Language

Units: 3

Examination of the complexity of multiculturalism in American society and the challenges faced by immigrant families in adapting to U.S. institutions. Emphasis on understanding historical, legal, cultural and pedagogical issues with respect to learning English as a new language [ENL]. No credit given for both FL/ECI 436 and FL/ECI 536.

Offered in Fall Only

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2019 Fall Term

FL 440 - Internship in Teaching English as a Second Language

Units: 3

Skills and techniques required in teaching ESL in a public school setting. 15 hours of classroom observation and 30 hours in direct instruction. Demonstration of competencies essential for teaching ESL. Individualized/Independent Study and Research courses require a Course Agreement for Students Enrolled in Non-Standard Courses be completed by the student and faculty member prior to registration by the department.

Offered in Fall and Spring

TYPE: Internship Course

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2019 Spring Term 2019 Fall Term

The supervised internship (FL/ECI 440) can be completed in the candidate's home district or in another district, in cooperation with the North Carolina State University ESL Licensure Program. The internship consists of two components:
  • Licensure candidates must first complete a minimum of 15 hours of observation at any public school ESL site (K-12), at a variety of proficiency and grade levels. This can be completed any time prior to the second component.
  • The second component requires candidates to complete a minimum of 30 hours of instruction with ESL students (K-12). In the internship course, candidates locate an appropriate ESL site and work under the supervision of a cooperating teacher. This requirement is in place for all participants, including those who are currently serving as ESL teachers. The internship course is the culmination of the program.
Entry Semester Application Deadlines and Details

Dr. Jillian Haeseler

ESL Program Director

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures

Campus Box 8106, Raleigh, NC 27695