Miami University TESOL program approved

Roland Coloma
Dr. Roland Coloma

In a welcomed start to the new year, the Ohio Board of Regents (OBR) approved Miami University’s Multiage TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) Endorsement.

“The number of English language learners in the state of Ohio and across the country is increasing exponentially, making teachers with the TESOL Endorsement in high demand,” says Roland Sintos Coloma, Chair and Professor of the Department of Teacher Education (EDT), “The approval of Miami’s TESOL Endorsement moves us forward in our mission to facilitate the success of all students—in school—and beyond.”

Coloma explains that the TESOL Endorsement provides PreK-12 teachers with the knowledge, skills, and perspectives to address many of the challenges experienced by linguistic minority students.

The department chair adds that as a non-native English speaker who immigrated to the United States at the age of 13, he has first-hand knowledge of the program’s value.

“I am grateful to my teachers who saw my strengths and worked with me to ensure that I would be successful in school and life,” says Coloma, “Without teachers who had the TESOL knowledge to facilitate my academic and personal development, I would not be where I am now.”

Coloma notes that EDT Clinical Faculty member Jeannie Ducher, and Director of Accreditation and Assessment, Cheryl Irish, took the lead in developing the program and its submission to the OBR for approval.

Fast Facts:

  • Miami’s TESOL Program consists of four courses taught in hybrid format: mostly online with three Saturday in-person sessions at Miami University’s Voice of America Learning Center (VOALC).
  • The TESOL Endorsement is taken after teachers receive their teaching license.
  • The TEAM Scholarship makes the program affordable and accessible for qualified applicants.
  • ESL Tutors are welcome.
  • In the upcoming spring semester, three courses will be offered.

Learn more about the TESOL Endorsement.

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