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The English Language Learner (ELL) is entitled to equal access to educational programs regardless of his or her level of English proficiency. An ELL Plan needs to be developed for any student who is found eligible as an English Language Learner. This plan will provides strategies and accommodations that are required to be implemented, per FLDOE – the ELL Plan is found in the ELL Blue Folder. There is an ESOL contact at every school that manages the ELL Blue Folders. Also, FL has adopted English Language Development (ELD) standards that focus on the development of the English language in all content areas and at different levels of English proficiency that should be addressed in teacher lesson plans. CPALMS provides supporting documents with strategies and examples of academic expectation based on different levels of English proficiency. 

ESOL Training Requirements

ESOL Category I:                                                                                                                                                                                           

Option 1: 5 ESOL courses = 300 hours
Suggested order: Crosscultural Communications & Understanding, Applied Linguistics, Testing & Evaluation, Curriculum & Materials, and Methods of Teaching ESOL    
Option 2: 2 ESOL courses = 120 hours & passing score on ESOL Subject Area Exam (SAE)
Suggested courses: Applied Linguistics and Methods of Teaching ESOL

ESOL Category II: 1 ESOL course = 60 hours                                                                                                                                    
Suggested courses: Methods of Teaching ESOL, Curriculum & Materials, or Testing & Evaluation                                                                   

ESOL Category III:  1 ESOL 18-HR overview course = 18 hours                                                                                                                            

ESOL Category IV:  1 ESOL course = 60 hours                                                                                                                                                          
Suggested course:  Crosscultural Communications & Understanding

ESOL Endorsement vs. Certification

ESOL Category I teachers need to either obtain the ESOL Endorsement or ESOL Certification. To obtain the ESOL Endorsement, a teacher must have 300 in-service points, 60 points from each of the five required ESOL courses. To obtain the ESOL Certification, a teacher must have 120 allowable ESOL points and then ESOL subject area exam. Please follow this link for more information on the subject area exam: http://www.fl.nesinc.com/testPage.asp?test=047. Upon completion of the requirements for either certification or endorsement, the teacher must apply to this added to his/her teaching certificate. The application may be obtained from the Certification Office (850-833-5857). Once endorsement or certification is added to a teacher’s certificate, the teacher will be eligible to receive a yearly stipend of $150.00.

Please note that ESOL categories are different than teacher evaluation categories. Teachers sign MIS 5308 when hired that indicates their ESOL category. Below is a list of positions that fall under each category, however the list does not cover all possible positions. 

ESOL Category I ESOL Category II ESOL Category III ESOL Category IV

Elementary Teacher
English/ELA Teacher
Reading/Intensive Reading
ESE Teacher without students on Access Points and ELA teacher of record

Mathematics
Sciences
Social Studies
ESE Teacher if all students are on Access Points

American Sign
Language
Art
Business
Education
Dance
Drama
Foreign Languages
Health


Hearing Impaired
Humanities
Media Specialist
Music
OT/PT
Physical Education
School Psychologist
Staffing Specialist

School Administrators
and School Counselors
REQUIREMENTS

ESOL Endorsement

OR

K-12 ESOL Certification with 120 ESOL credit points

60 ESOL credit points

18 ESOL credit points

60 ESOL credit points

TIMELINES

New to District:
60 ESOL points within 2 years after date of hire and then 60 ESOL points each subsequent year until endorsement or certification is earned.

Experienced Teacher:
60 ESOL points within 2 years after first ELL student is assigned and then 60 ESOL points each subsequent year until endorsement or certification is earned.

New to District:
Within 1 year after the teacher is first hired.

Experienced Teacher:
Within 1 year after first ELL student is assigned.

New to District: Within 1 year after the teacher is first hired.

Experienced Teacher: Within 1 year after first ELL student is assigned.

Three years to complete from date of hire as school administrator or school counselor.

Out-of-Field (Compliant vs. Noncompliant)

Once an ESOL Category I teacher begins taking the required courses, the teacher must take a 60 point course each year, continuously, until the required 300 are obtained points are obtained and added to the teaching certificate. For all ESOL categories, while the teacher is pursing certification or endorsement or point and is within the allotted timeline, the teacher will be reported out of field (OOF) for ESOL, but compliant. Being compliant means that the FL META Consent Decree is being met and the teacher will be able to continue serving ELL students. If a teacher is not compliant by not taking a course(s) within the allotted timeline, then s/he would be listed OOF but not compliant and may not be assigned an ELL and/or the school would not receive FTE funding for any student in the teacher’s class. 

Transfer of College Credit

It is possible to transfer previous college/university credit for ESOL credit points. The titles of the five courses are:

  1. ESOL: Crosscultural Communication and Understanding
  2. ESOL: Applied Linguistics
  3. ESOL: Testing & Evaluation
  4. ESOL: Curriculum & Materials
  5. ESOL: Methods of Teaching ESOL

If a teacher thinks s/he has taken a college course that is comparable to one of the ESOL courses, please contact the ESOL Office at 850-833-3107 for further information.

OCSD’s ESOL Course Schedule

The ESOL Courses for the Spring 2016-2017 session are now available on My Learning Plan.  As a disclaimer, classes must have at least 20 participants in order for the courses to proceed; otherwise, the class may be subject to cancelation. Download the full course schedule here or see below.

OKALOOSA COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT
FALL 2017 ESOL COURSES

TITLE CROSS CULTURAL APPLIED LINGUISTICS TESTING &
EVALUATION
CURRICULUM & MATERIALS METHODS OF TEACHING ESOL ESOL OVERVIEW
18 Hour Self-Study
INSTRUCTOR Melinda Norman

Eleanor Harrington

Elizabeth Black Diana Fisher Zoila Ganuza Elizabeth Black
SITE

Online

Online Online Online Online
Online
 
DATES

Sept 6, 2017 through   
Nov 15, 2017

Sept 6, 2017 through   
Nov 15, 2017

Sept 6, 2017 through   
Nov 15, 2017

Sept 6, 2017 through   
Nov 15, 2017

Sept 6, 2017 through   
Nov 15, 2017
Sept 6, 2017 through   
Nov 15, 2017
TIME Online
Online
 

Online
 
Online
Online
 

Online (Ongoing Enrollment)
 
HOURS/POINTS 60
60
 

60
 
60
60
 

18
 

OKALOOSA COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT
SPRING 2018 ESOL COURSES

TITLE CROSS CULTURAL
APPLIED LINGUISTICS
 
TESTING & EVALUATION CURRICULUM & MATERIALS METHODS OF TEACHING ESOL ESOL OVERVIEW
18 Hour Self-Study
INSTRUCTOR Melinda Norman

Eleanor
Harrington

Elizabeth Black

Diana Fisher Zoila Ganuza Elizabeth Black
SITE Online

Online

Online Online Online
Online
 
DATES Jan 5, 2018
through
March 16, 2018

Jan 5, 2018
through
March 16, 2018

Jan 5, 2018
through
March 16, 2018
Jan 5, 2018
through
March 16, 2018

Jan 5, 2018
through
March 16, 2018

Jan 5, 2018
through
March 16, 2018

TIME Online
Online
 

Online
 

Online
 

Online
 

Online (Ongoing enrollment)
 
HOURS/POINTS 60
60
 

60
 

60
 

60
 

18
 

OKALOOSA COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT
SUMMER 2018 ESOL COURSES

ESOL Courses that are completed before 2018-2019 school year will count for 2017-2018 school year.

TITLE
CROSS CULTURAL
 
APPLIED LINGUISTICS TESTING & EVALUATION CURRICULUM & MATERIALS METHODS OF TEACHING ESOL ESOL OVERVIEW
18 Hour Self-Study
INSTRUCTOR

Melinda Norman

Eleanor Harrington Elizabeth Black Diana Fisher Zoila Ganuza Elizabeth Patterson
SITE

Online

Online Online Online Online Online
DATES

June 5, 2018
Through
July 24, 2018

June 5, 2018
Through
July 24, 2018
June 5, 2018
Through
July 24, 2018
June 5, 2018
Through
July 24, 2018
June 5, 2018
Through
July 24, 2018
June 5, 2018
Through
July 24, 2018
TIME Online Online Online Online Online Online (Ongoing enrollment)
HOURS/POINTS 60 60 60 60 60 18

 

ESOL Resources For Teachers

ESOL Procedures
Colorín Colorado: free research-based information, activities, and information for teachers and parents of ELLs|
Everything ESL: Resources for teachers of ELLs, including lesson plans, and teaching tips
Newsela: provides articles in English and Spanish and at different lexile levels
WIDA: resources on academic language development and academic achievement for children and youth who are culturally and linguistically diverse through standards, assessments, and professional learning for educators.