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ELL Endorsement Academy - Online

Next academy starts Fall 2017! 

Applications now being accepted. Apply by September 30, 2017.


The yearlong Online ELL Endorsement Academy consists of eight courses that meet in virtual, synchronous sessions twice a week in the evenings, with additional asynchronous work required throughout the week. Brought to you by the College of Education in partnership with the Puget Sound Educational Service District, courses are taught by expert practitioners including certified current and former classroom teachers from a variety of Washington school districts. Seattle University faculty oversee the courses to ensure that the materials and teaching are current and relevant.

This unique program helps Washington state certified teachers regardless of where they live prepare for the required WEST-E exam, offering a rigorous and affordable pathway to earning an ELL endorsement. Teachers can apply their learning in the classroom immediately and adjust their techniques as the academy progresses.

Additionally, participants have the opportunity to apply these credits towards the College of Education’s new online Master’s degree in Educating Non-Native English Speakers at the cost of just $300 per credit. Teachers interested in this opportunity will select the graduate-level credit option at the time of registration and will complete a graduate-level assignment for each course. If admitted to the Master’s Degree in Educating Non-Native English Speakers, all 24 academy credits can be applied to the 48-credit program! Please visit the ENES website for more information about this program and instruction for how to apply.

Two pathways to earn an endorsement in ELL

Post-baccalaureate level Endorsement  

Graduate level Endorsement  

1. Complete the 24-credit ELL Academy

1. Apply for the master's degree in Educating Non-Native English Speakers at Seattle University and, if admitted apply all 24 endorsement academy credits to the 48-credit masters program

2. Prepare for and take the state-mandated exam in ELL 

2. Complete the 24-credit ELL Academy including an additional graduate-level assignment for each class

3. Upon passing the state exam, apply for your endorsement through Seattle University

3. Prepare for and take the state-mandated exam in ELL 

4. Consider earning additional endorsements through Seattle University's Endorsement Academies

4. Upon passing the state exam, apply for your endorsement through Seattle University

Credits and costs

Post-baccalaureate level Endorsement  

Graduate level Endorsement  

Per credit fee: $225

Per quarter technology fee: $90 (total of $360)

Per credit fee: $300*

Per quarter technology fee: $90 (total of $360)

Total Academy fee: $5,760

Total Academy fee: $7,560

Materials, books, test fees, endorsement processing fees and graduate application fees are not included in the Academy fee and are the responsibility of the participant. Post-baccalaureate or graduate-level pathway must be indicated at the time of application and cannot be changed during the program.

*Compared to current graduate credit rate of $619. Graduate-level students must complete the ENES Master’s program within 6 years of the first academy course in order to apply credits to the graduate program requirements.

Academy fees are non-refundable. Limited payment plans are available – inquire at time of application. 

Participants must have regular, reliable access to the Internet and a working computer that meets our minimum standards. Information on SU’s technology requirements are available from the Office of Information Technology.

Educator Retooling Conditional Scholarship Program

The Professional Educators Standards Board of Washington State has announced the funding of retooling scholarships for the 2017-2018 year for an expanded list of high-need endorsement areas. Certified Washington teachers currently employed at Washington K-12 public schools are eligible to apply for up to $3,000 in scholarship funds. Please visit the PESB’s website for eligibility and application information. If you decide to apply for this opportunity, please complete the Retooling Endorsement Budget for the online academy and submit it along with your application materials for the academy. You will need to include the budget form, signed by the SU representative, with your application to the PESB. Please note that applications for the retooling scholarships are the responsibility of the individual. Acceptance to the Online ELL Endorsement Academy does not guarantee participant a retooling scholarship.  

Application Procedures

  • Application period begins March 13, 2017.  Application deadline is September 30, 2017
  • Retooling applicant deadline is September 22, 2017, January 12, 2018 and April 27, 2018
  • Review the Fall 2017 Academy Flyer and our ELL Calendar Course Dates
  • Complete the ELL Online Registration Form and submit it, along with $150 non-refundable deposit*
  • Submit a copy of your valid Washington State teaching certificate
  • If applying for a Retooling scholarship, include the Retooling Endorsement Budget
  • Submit registration form, payment, certificate and retooling budget form (if applicable) by email to, by fax to (206) 220-8235 or by mail to:

                  Professional and Continuing Education

                  Seattle University – College of Education

                  901 12th Ave, PO Box 222000

                  Seattle, WA 98122

*A non-refundable $150 program deposit is due at the time of application. Deposit will only be processed if applicant is admitted to the program. Limited payment plans are available. Please indicate interest in a payment plan on the academy registration form. If you are applying for a retooling scholarship, payment guidelines above still apply – for questions please contact us at (206) 296-2147.

More Information

For additional information, please e-mail or call (206) 296-2147.



Questions about the Online ELL Endorsement Academy?

Online information sessions are held throughout the year.  Please check back for our next scheduled session.

If you have questions about any of our endorsement programs, please send an email to