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ELL Endorsement Academy - Online

Next academy starts Fall 2018! 


The yearlong Online ELL Endorsement Academy consists of eight classes that meet in virtual, synchronous sessions twice a week in the evenings, with additional asynchronous work 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 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.


  • Participants have the opportunity to apply these credits towards the College of Education’s online Master’s degree in Educating Non-Native English Speakers (ENES) at the cost of just $325 per credit.
  • Teachers interested in this opportunity must indicate the graduate level pathway at the time of application. Pathways cannot be changed once the program has started.
  • 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.
  • If admitted to the Master’s Degree in ENES, 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: $250

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

Per credit fee: $325*

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

Total Academy fee: $6,360

Total Academy fee: $8,160

Materials, books, test fees, endorsement processing fees and graduate application fees are not included in the Endorsement Academy costs and are the responsibility of the participant.

Educator Retooling Conditional Scholarship Program

  • 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.
  • 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 Process

  • Application period begins January 15, 2018. Application deadline is June 8, 2018
  • Complete the ELL 2018-2019 Registration Form, submit it along with: a copy of your valid Washington State teaching certificate and a $150 non-refundable deposit
  • If applying for a Retooling scholarship, include the retooling endorsement budget form with your application
  • Retooling application deadlines are January 12, 2018 and April 27, 2018
  • Submit application materials by email to, by fax to (206) 220-2689 or by mail to:

                  Professional and Continuing Education

                  Seattle University – College of Education

                  901 12th Ave., P.O. Box 222000

                  Seattle, WA 98122

  • 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.

More Information

ELL Endorsement Academy

Info Sessions

English Language Learners Endorsement Info Sessions

Online via Zoom:

  • Wednesday, January 24th - 4:00-4:30pm
  • Wednesday, March 21st - 4:00-4:30pm 
  • Thursday, May 24th - 4:00-4:30pm 

To sign up for the Zoom info sessions please fill out the following form