Arkansas Department of Education Division of Elementary and Secondary Education 2021-22 ESOL Institute Announcement/Registration Information

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Invitation to Arkansas Educators:

The Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) is pleased to invite Arkansas educators to apply to an ESOL Institute of their choosing! Participants will have the opportunity to complete the ESOL Institute and earn 12 graduate credits; qualified licensed educators can apply for an ESL endorsement with a passing score on the ESL Praxis exam. 

An ESL Endorsement is officially added to the educator’s teaching license upon completion of the 12 hours and the ESL Praxis. For the 2021-22 year ONLY, each participant will receive a scholarship to cover the cost of tuition/fees, and must sign an ESOL Institute Educator Commitment Form with their chosen university. Also, participants will be required to apply for and receive an ESL Endorsement or reimburse the university the cost of the scholarship issued on their behalf. (Past ESOL Institutes have over a 98% ESL Praxis pass rate; the ESL Praxis can be taken more than once!)

ESOL Institute Sites

The five institutions below are offering ESOL Institutes for the 2021-22 cycle:

  • Arkansas Tech University (synchronous virtual site)
  • Henderson State University in collaboration with Dawson Education Cooperative (face-to-face site at Dawson)
  • John Brown University (face-to-face sites in Siloam Springs and Rogers)
  • University of Arkansas, Fayetteville (two synchronous virtual sites)
  • University of Central Arkansas (synchronous virtual site)

Please refer to the complete 2021-22 Arkansas ESOL Institutes Registration Info Flyer for full details including expectations, dates, locations, registration information/links, and site contact information.

The ESOL Institute is a high-quality educator training program for Arkansas licensed educators leading to their eligibility to apply for an Arkansas ESL endorsement.  

The ESOL Institute is a hybrid program, which includes:

  • 80 hours of face-to-face or synchronous training,
  • Four on-line courses requiring at least an additional 25+ hours of work per course, and
  • 12 graduate credit hours earned upon completion.

Approximately half of the 80 hours of face-to-face/synchronous learning takes place in the summer, with the additional hours completed throughout the school year as participants apply new concepts in their classrooms. What makes this different than simply taking the 12 graduate hours through a traditional program is the opportunity to also hear from national and regional experts on effectively teaching English Learners!  

If there are questions, please contact Tricia Kerr at 

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