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English Language Learning Licensure

The English Language Learning (ELL) additional licensure program provides teachers with the professional preparation to assist English language learners in developing their English language and academic skills in K through grade 12.

Applicants with a valid Indiana teaching license.

The program uses an online delivery format of five courses. Each course that is offered during the academic year is 8 weeks long; this means that two courses are offered consecutively each semester. Additionally, one course is offered during the summer. Each course requires students to complete field experiences in a K-12 classroom that enrolls English Language Learners. Course substitutions are not permitted.

There is a three-year time limit for completion of the ELL Licensure Program. This three-year time limit begins with the semester when the first required course is taken. Program completion includes: (a) completion of all course work with a passing grade, (b) completion of the e-portfolio requirement for the program, and (c) completion of the state’s content specialty test. A student who receives a grade of “D” or “F” in a licensure course may retake the course one time only; this does not change the 3-year time limit for completion of all licensure requirements.

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If you have questions about the content of the ELL licensure program or the TELL certificate, contact the Program Director, Dr. Susan Britsch, by email at sbritsch@purdue.edu.