ELL Introduction

The MAELL & ENDELL are online, competency-based degree programs that prepares already licensed teachers both to be licensed or endorsed to teach in English Language Learning (ELL) settings and to develop significant skills in ELL curriculum development, design, and evaluation. The MAELL and ENDELL programs include a supervised practicum and coursework for ELL content, methodology, and instructional design.


If you are seeking an endorsement in MAELL or ENDELL programs, you must complete your practicum hours in a K-12 setting in a grade level that matches your current regular education license. The class where you will complete your practicum can be either a fully designated ELL class, a mainstream class that includes ELL students, small groups of ELL students, or an individual ELL student. The main requirement is that you are the teacher responsible for the instruction and that the students are ELLs.


If you are seeking a Master’s Degree to qualify you to teach in a community college and do not need the endorsement, you will have completed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that you will not receive an endorsement for a teaching certificate upon completion of this program. If this is the case, then you may complete your practicum in an adult education or community college setting. The program requires you to complete:


WGU is committed to providing a safe environment for students, faculty, and staff. WGU will only approve potential practicum sites that are expected to fully comply with all relevant ordinances and laws related to safety and health and will not knowingly place a candidate at a site that is out of compliance with such ordinances or laws. If there are questions related to your approved site, please contact fieldplacement@wgu.edu


*Note: The 30-hour practicum is a WGU program requirement. Your state may have additional requirements regarding the number of required hours or type of placement. The Teacher Licensure Home Page in the Student Handbook contains detailed information about the licenses your state offers that align with WGU programs and how to apply. You will work with the WGU Licensure office at licensure@wgu.edu or call 866-889-0132, Option 3, regarding all certification and endorsement questions.


The most important aspect of this program is that it provides an avenue for professionals currently engaged in a teaching career, whose content and pedagogy backgrounds are significant, to serve in our country’s elementary, middle, and high schools by teaching ELLs in grades K-12. This program is for licensed teachers with bachelor’s degrees who are interested in ELL or ESL instruction, district personnel and curricula leaders, and “emergency credentialed” ELL or ESL teachers who need the endorsement to be considered highly qualified.



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