Nationwide, there has been a 95% increase in the number of K-12 English as a Second Language (ESL) students enrolled in U.S. schools since 1990, while traditional student growth only has increased 12%. Future projections of growth in the ELL / ESL population are high, and many areas in the nation are already experiencing significant shortages of qualified TESOL teachers.
The number of K-12 ELL / ESL students in the United States is forecast to increase even further. In just over 20 years, we can expect over 40 percent of our nation's K-12 student population to be comprised of ELL / ESL students. Many schools and communities are already facing the challenge of high numbers of unfilled ELL / ESL teacher positions to serve this student population. A compounding demographic trend is that the regions' poorest school districts are often enrolling the greatest number of ELL / ESL students.
ELL, ESL or TESOL Teaching Certification & Licensing Guidelines by State
Teacher licensure is notrequired for admission into the program. Completion of UND's online ELL Education certificate does not lead to initial teacher licensure.