English as a Second Language

Add-on certification must be added to a valid Louisiana teaching certificate.

Coursework Requirements

Southeastern Course Used Louisiana State Department Category
EDUC 416 or 516 Methods of Teaching ESL
COMM 410 or 510 or 620 Introduction to Language and Culture
ENGL 414 or 524 Structure of the English Language
EDUC 428 or 528 Curriculum Design for the Multicultural Classroom

Additional Louisiana State Department of Education Certification Requirements:

  • None, except prior certification.

Note: English as a Second Language layers on your previous certification. You become certified to teach whatever your previous area was to students with limited English-speaking ability.

Teacher candidates may complete the requirements for this certification simultaneously while earning initial certification. If done during initial certification, the add-on will be requested at the same time as application for the initial teaching certificate.

Note: This coursework does not lead to the TESOL certification.

Upon completing all requirements, the teacher's district will send an Evaluation, Add-On, Course Approval, & Name Change Application (Application Type - EV) and any other documents (e.g., transcripts) to the Louisiana State Department of Education to add the new area to the existing teaching certificate.