English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)


Admission criteria

To be considered for admissions in the ESOL Endorsement program, candidates must:

  • Hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a strong academic record
  • Have a GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Hold a current teaching license


This application is year-round for any term. You will indicate which term you want to start taking courses in the application. First, check the application deadline for your program. If there are special circumstances that might require you to submit the application later than the deadline, please contact the admissions specialist, Mark Wallace, to discuss your options.

To apply, create an account or sign into the Portland State University Admissions Application system. When prompted for the program, select "College of Education" as the College, and then "ESOL/Bilingual, Licensure Endorsement" as your program of study.

Application checklist

  • Program-specific application
  • Unofficial transcripts are accepted by the College of Education for the program application. You must submit transcripts for all institutions previously attended, regardless of whether you earned a degree or not. If admitted, you must send official transcripts to the Graduate School in order to register for classes.
    • Acceptable unofficial transcripts are:
      • Web-based transcripts downloaded from an institution: institution and student name must be visible on transcripts
      • Photocopies of official transcripts: these must include the front and back of all pages, including transcript key
    • Previous applicants:
      • If you’ve previously submitted official transcripts to PSU, you are still required to upload unofficial transcripts to complete your application.
  • After you are admitted, you must submit official transcripts to:
    • The Graduate School
      Portland State University
      PO Box 751
      Portland, OR 97207 - 0751
      Electronic official transcripts should be sent to graddocs@pdx.edu
  • Statement of purpose (500 words): Describe your career goals, professional experiences and/or accomplishments, and your reason for applying to the program.
  • Résumé
  • Two recommendation forms (forms are provided within application)

To validate your admission you must take a course during the term in which you have requested to be admitted. Should you not take a course in that term, your application will be cancelled and you will need to reapply.

Questions about the application process?

If you have questions about the application process, contact askcoe@pdx.edu.