English as a Second Language Add-on - Online and Distance Education

English as a Second Language Add-on

Teacher Licensure | English as a Second Language Add-on

English as a Second Language Add-on

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.
  • A professional letter 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.


This 12-credit undergraduate program includes four three-credit undergraduate courses. At 2020-21 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.

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