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English Language Learner (ELL) Endorsement

Learn to address the dual influences of language and culture on student achievement and engagement, so that you can help students learning English be successful in and outside of the classroom. You'll discover how cultural diversity affects different instruction and assessment practices so you can be more effective in your teaching strategies.

  • Start at the beginning of any semester
  • Courses are offered on campus during the evening
  • 13 credits
  • Credits may apply toward your M.Ed. degree

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ELL Endorsement coursework is offered in the evenings from 6:30-9:30 p.m. during the fall and spring semesters. Crucial elements in these courses include methods for the instruction and assessment of English learners, integration of core content standards with language acquisition standards, and second-language-acquisition research. In addition to these components, our ELL courses also address how issues of cultural diversity, such as poverty, affect instruction and assessment practices. 

Number Course Title Credits
EDU 361* Second-Language Acquisition -- fall and spring 3
EDU 362* ELL Methodology -- fall and spring 3
EDU 363* ELL Methodology -- fall and spring 3
EDU 364* English Language Learner Field Experience -- fall and spring 
(Jan Term for undergraduate students only)
EDU 367* Introduction to Cultural & Linguistic Diversity in Education -- fall 1

*also offered at the 500 level

Courses from the ELL program may be applied toward an English Language Learner Endorsement and/or toward elective credits in Whitworth's various master's degree programs within the School of Education. To complete the ELL endorsement in Washington state, students must earn a passing score on the West-E ELL exam. The ELL credits must be completed at the graduate level (500-level) in order to include those credits as part of a master's degree.


For a Washington state endorsement in English-language learning (ELL), students are required to pass the WEST-E exam in ELL and to complete all required coursework with a grade of C or above.

The Whitworth University institutional code is 253. Go online to to register and explore additional information about the exam. States other than Washington have other exam requirements. Before Whitworth can process your endorsed certificate from OSPI, all endorsement requirements must be completed, and the passing results of the WEST-E exam must be received by the Whitworth Educational Certification Office.

Experienced Instructors

All instructors are experienced in culturally and linguistically diverse issues in education. Each demonstrates strengths in different areas of need for CLD students ranging throughout elementary, middle school and senior high school levels. Their experience includes both positions as ELL or ELD specialists and /or regular-education teachers in a variety of districts and situations statewide.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Courses are offered at the graduate and undergraduate levels. In order to qualify for financial aid consideration, you must apply for either an undergraduate or graduate degree program.

School of Education – Post-Baccalaureate Certification & Post-Certification Add-On Endorsements
Post-Baccalaureate Certification (per credit):

Undergraduate accelerated format (books/materials included for no additional fee)

Graduate accelerated format (books/materials included for no additional fee)


Post-certification add-on endorsements (per credit):

Undergraduate credit (does not include books)

Graduate credit (does not include books)



Scholarship Opportunities

Some scholarship opportunities are available for coursework done at the graduate level; contact Graduate Studies in Education for details.

Financial Aid

Courses taken toward an undergraduate or graduate degree program may qualify for financial aid. Financial aid is not available for those taking courses for professional development only. For information, contact the financial aid office at 509.777.3215 or

Payment Options

Payment options are available, including monthly payments with a minimal set-up fee. Contact the Whitworth Student Financial Services Office at for information.