Department of Modern Languages

The University of Mississippi

ESL Endorsement

ESL Endorsement
Current and future licensed Mississippi teachers may also TESL program coursework for add on ESL Endorsement.  The required courses for ESL Endorsement are:

  • TESL 531. Assessment in Second Language Acquisition -or- TESL 550. Language Politics & Social Policy
  • TESL 542. Methods of Teaching English as a Second Language -or- TESL 535. Bilingualism, Education & Identity
  • TESL 547. Cultural Dimensions of Second Language Acquisition -or- TESL 549. Intercultural Communication
  • TESL 592. Modern English Grammar -or- LING 504. Descriptive Grammar

All ESL Endorsement courses are offered ONLINE and on-campus.
TESL 542 and TESL 592 are also offered as iStudy courses; TESL 531 and TESL 547 will be available as iStudy courses beginning January 2018.

ESL Endorsement is NOT itself a graduate degree.

Admission Requirements 
A) Students applying for ESL endorsement should submit the following materials online to:

The University of Mississippi Graduate School

  • A completed graduate school application for admission that can be found online at:
  • One official transcript from each university/ college attended
  • A $40 application fee
  • International students must also submit their official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores (a minimum score of 80 for the internet-based test is preferred).
    • Students should apply as a NON-DEGREE SEEKING STUDENT

B) International students only should submit a financial statement which certifies funds for educational and living expenses to:

International Programs Office
University of Mississippi
University, MS 38677

Endorsement Application
Once they are admitted to the graduate school as NON-DEGREE SEEKING STUDENTS, students may enroll in the required coursework.  After they have completed the required coursework, they must contact Dr. Whitney Webb at to apply for ESL Endorsement.