English as a Second Language (Teaching)
This is a licensure program that prepares students to teach English as a Second Language (ESL) at the K-12 level. Students receive a BS degree from the English Department by completing the ESLT major and the Professional Education sequence of courses. Students must be admitted to the Education Program before enrolling in Education courses.
As early as possible in your academic career, read the Professional Expectations (PDF) statement very carefully and start implementing these ideas in your daily life. We will ask you to sign a copy during an advising session to signify that you are aware of these expectations and appreciate their value to your career as a professional educator.
Year by Year in the ESLT Major
The Education Program at WSU
*More detailed information from the Education Department is available at the Education Advising Website. The dates, deadlines, and other information on this website are updated each semester.
In order to obtain a license to teach English as a Second Language (ESL), students must gain admission to the Education Program, complete the Professional Education Sequence, and finally, complete a Student Teaching Experience.
The Minnesota Department of Education And Winona State University require future teachers to take several tests.
*The new MTLE (MN Teacher Licensure Examinations) web site is http://www.mtle.nesinc.com/
There is a question and answer page you can examine on this site. If you click on Tests (look in the dark blue heading on the top of the page), and then click on a specific test, you will be able to find out the test fees, dates, and locations. You can also obtain practice questions and preparation advice. Practice tests and study guides are available for purchase. Rochester is the closest test site for WSU students.
Tests Required for Admission
All students must pass* the MTLE basic skills test before they can apply to the WSU Teacher Education Program. You will need to take the tests five weeks before the semester begins so you will have your scores for that semester's admissions meeting.
This test replaces the old PPST (a.k.a. PRAXIS I) that was offered by Education Testing Services. You must pass all three basics skills test, which cost $25 each. In order to take any test, you will have to pay a $50 registration fee that is good for one year.
*Previously, students were required to take the tests prior to admission, then pass the tests before licensure. Starting in the fall of 2012, applicants to the Education Program must pass all three basic skills tests in order to be admitted.
Tests Required for Licensure
Towards the end of their careers at WSU, all candidates for a Minnesota Teaching License must take and pass a pedagogy test and a content area test for each content area of their Teaching Program. We recommend taking these tests the semester before student teaching. The pedagogy test has two subtests that cost $35 each. The content-area test has two subtests that cost $35.00 each. All tests require a one year $50.00 registration fee.