ESOL in Charlotte County Public Schools
and Florida

Teachers and paraprofessionals in Florida are required by the Consent Decree to participate in ESOL training when a student identified as an English Language Learner (ELL) student is assigned to their class. In 2003, the Consent Decree was modified to include a requirement for principals, assistant principals, guidance counselors, and other site-based administrators to participate in training. The amount and type of ESOL training is specified at http://www.firn.edu/doe/omsle/timeline.htm

Additional clarification on the revised interpretation of the Consent Decree can be found at http://info.fldoe.org/dscgi/ds.py/Get/File-2887/TAP.pdf

CATEGORY  I: Primary English/Language Arts/Reading Teachers

Category I includes all teachers who provide primary English, language arts, and/or reading for one or more ESOL students. Category I teachers are required to obtain either full ESOL Subject Area Coverage or the ESOL Add-on Endorsement certification.

Full Certification

Option 1: Completion of a bachelor’s or higher degree in TESOL, passing score on
the ESOL Subject Area exam, and basic subject area coverage
certification appropriate to teaching assignment.

Option 2: Completion of basic subject area coverage certification requirements
appropriate to teaching assignment, passing score on ESOL Subject Area
test,  and 120 points of ESOL training.

Add-On Endorsement Certification

Option 1: Completion of 300 inservice points in district add-on endorsement
program

Option 2: Completion of 15 semester hours in an approved add-on endorsement program provided through a university or college

The add-on endorsement includes training in:
  •  Methods of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
  • ESOL Curriculum and Materials Development
  • Cross-cultural Communication and Understanding
  • Testing and Evaluation of ESOL
  • Applied Linguistics

Timeline for Completion of Category I Training Requirements

Upon assignment of an ESOL student:
  • 3 semester hours/60 inservice points within first two years
  • 3 semester hours/60 inservice points each year thereafter (total of 15 hours/300 inservice points earned within 6 years)

For college/university credit, an official transcript must be submitted to the Professional Development Academy upon completion.

Once the certification or add-on endorsement certification requirements are completed, the participant must complete a certification application (similar to certification renewal) to add the certification area to his/her certificate. Full certification requires additional coursework/inservice points to renew the area in each certificate validity period (see certification renewal). Add-on endorsement certification is not subject to full certification renewal requirements.

Inservice points earned in ESOL can be counted toward certification renewal requirements in the basic subject coverage areas. As well, ESOL inservice points can be “banked” to apply in future certification validity periods if they are not needed for renewal in the current validity period.

CATEGORY II: Math, Science, Social Studies, and Computer Literacy Teachers

Category II includes all teachers that provide instruction in math, science, social studies, and computer literacy courses. In addition to certification in appropriate subject area:

Option 1: Completion of 60 inservice points in ESOL training. The training includes
content from the same areas required for Category I teachers.

Option 2: Completion of 3 semester hours in ESOL through an approved university
or college program.

Timeline for Completion of Category II Training Requirements

Training must be completed within two years for new hires, and within one year for experienced teachers.

For college/university credit, an official transcript must be submitted to the Professional Development Academy upon completion.

CATEGORY III: All Other Subject Area Teachers

Category III includes all other subjects not included in Categories I & II. In addition to certification in the appropriate subject area:

Option 1: Completion of 18 inservice points in ESOL training. The training includes
content from the same areas required for Category I teachers.

Option 2:  Completion of 3 semester hours in ESOL through an approved university or college program.

Timeline for Completion of Category III Training Requirements

Training must be completed within two years for new hires, and within one year for experienced teachers.

For college/university credit, an official transcript must be submitted to the Professional Development Academy upon completion.

CATEGORY IV: School Administrators and Guidance Counselors

Category IV includes all site-based personnel hired into positions that require certification in an administrative class (Educational Leadership, School Supervision, etc.), or guidance counseling. In addition to appropriate certification:

Option 1:  Completion of 60 inservice points in ESOL training specific to Category IV. Previous ESOL training in Category I areas will be credited toward this requirement.

Option 2:  Completion of 3 semester hours in ESOL through an approved university or college program.

Timeline for Completion of Category IV Training Requirements

Training must be completed within three years of hire into the Category IV position.

For college/university credit, an official transcript must be submitted to the Professional Development Academy upon completion.

Charlotte County Public Schools ESOL Training Delivery Options

Charlotte County Public Schools provides ESOL training through the following options:

Beacon Educator Online facilited web-based courses for all categories. Courses should be taken in order as the course curriculum is in a "spiral" design - First class only for those needing 18 hours, first three classes for those needing 60 hours, and all eight courses for those pursuing the 300 hour endorsement. All courses are offered through regular inservice and the CAPE program. All courses are listed in Avatar. Choose your version (regular inservice or CAPE), and complete the registration process found in the first course assignment.

Beacon Educator Courses:
ESOL 1: A Beginning for All Educators (Categories I, II, and III)-20 hours
ESOL 2: Curriculum and Methods (Categories I, II, & Guidance)-20 hours
ESOL 3: Language and Cognition (Categories I, II, & Guidance)-20 hours
ESOL 4: Cultural Diversity (Category I)-30 hours
ESOL 5: Applied Linguistics (Category I)-60 hours
ESOL 6: Assessment (Category I)-30 hours
ESOL 7: Differentiated Instruction (Category I)-60 hours
ESOL 8: Supervised Practicum (Category I)-60 hours
ESOL for Administrators & Counselors: Accountability (Category IV)-22 hours
ESOL for Administrators: Instructional Leadership (School Administrators)-20 hours
ESOL for Administrators: Culture and Communication (School Administrators)-20 hours

CTechEd Online - facilitated web-based courses for Category I ESOL Add-on Endorsement. This option is available only to participants who previously began live delivered or web-delivered ESOL Add-on Endorsement courses in CCPS.  Participants are contacted directly for registration.

CTechEd Courses:
Curriculum and Materials Development for ESOL Teachers
Cross Cultural Communications and Understandings
Methods of Teaching
Testing and Evaluation
Applied Linguistics

Charlotte Academy of Professional Educators (CAPE) - tuition (fee) based courses in ESOL are provided for all categories in live and blended delivery formats. CAPE courses earn “CAPE Education Units” which are converted to inservice points for certification purposes. See CAPE for further information.  To register, utilize the registration form and CAPE agreement form attached to the announcement in the Workshop Calendar found in FirstClass. After Spring 2007, registration can be completed using the new online professional development system, “Course Insite”.

CAPE Courses:
See the current CAPE Course Catalog.