ELL Endorsement Academy

Next cohort starts Fall Quarter 2022

The online English Language Learners (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. Our classes are developed with teacher's schedules in mind. 

This program helps Washington state 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.

Brought to you by the College of Education's office of Professional & Continuing Education, 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.

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Endorsement Academy Instructors

Leslie Schicht

Leslie Schicht is a National Board Certified Teacher who has been teaching and working in public education since 2005. She has taught ELL students in support classes and worked with secondary ELL students in Language Arts and Social Studies. She has worked as the only ELL teacher in a small school district teaching grades K – 12, served as ELL Facilitator and instructional coach in a high school, and managed all ELL services as a district ELL Coordinator. Additionally she works around the country as an Education Consultant. She brings her expertise in culturally relevant and responsive practices to all of her work and credits her ELL students with constantly helping her to be a better educator.


Nancy Yi-Cline, Ed.D 

Nancy Yi-Cline serves as an ELL specialist in Seattle Public Schools and holds a Doctor of Education degree in Language, Literacy, & Culture. As an experienced language teacher, Nancy has worked with EFL/ELL students of all ages and proficiency levels in public and private schools in the U.S. and abroad. Nancy also has years of experience as a teacher educator and coach in teacher preparation, ELL endorsement programs, district novice teacher support programs, and multilingual education departments. Nancy believes in meaningful, engaging, and culturally sustaining pedagogy, and seeks effective instructional strategies to help students develop language, literacy, and critical thinking skills. Nancy is an advocate for plurilingual-culturalism and work to promote equitable education for all students.


Ellen Strickland Kaje, Ph.D 

Ellen Kaje currently serves as Director of Categorical Programs and Academic Support for Shoreline Public Schools. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Washington in 2009. Her research looks at how elementary classroom teachers engage culturally and linguistically diverse learners within the academic discourse. Ellen worked with English learners in K-12 schools since 1994, starting her teaching career in San Francisco, CA. She has since taught language learners in Helsinki, Finland, Highline and Northshore School Districts and joined Shoreline as a district administrator in 2007. Ellen served on Washington State’s Bilingual Education Advisory Committee (BEAC) from 2004-2012, acting as Chair for two years. She has since served on various other state level work groups and committees, including most recently the Committee of Practitioners, advising OSPI around issues pertaining to implementation of ESSA. Ellen's most recent work with English learners focuses on the development and implementation of Shoreline’s Dual Language Program.


Meghan Kaufman  

Meghan has nearly 30 years of classroom experience and has taught in a wide variety of special education settings, including early childhood, severe/multiple, medically fragile and mild/moderate classrooms. She currently works as an English Language support teacher, using her knowledge of intervention strategies to help this special population and their teachers. Kaufman is a National Board Certified teacher and has a Masters in both Special Education and teaching English Language Learners. Her current interests include coaching through co-teaching, as well as intervention and assessment practices.


Lily Martin

Lily Martin is a National Board Certified Teacher in English as a New Language, currently serving as a Title III Professional Development Coach in the Multilingual Learners' Department in the Bellevue School District and as part-time faculty in the ELL Endorsement program at Seattle University. She holds her Masters in Teaching from the University of Washington, with ELL and K-8 endorsements, residency certificate in Environment, Education and Community, and a Special Education endorsement from Seattle University.  She has previously worked as a classroom teacher, MLL Facilitator, and taught overseas. 

Lily loves to collaborate with teachers, facilitators, curriculum developers, and other district leaders to provide professional development through mentoring conversations, co-planning, consulting, and workshops focused on language development, and sheltered instruction aligned to the standards.  She enjoys working alongside educators to build an understanding and appreciation of additive multilingualism in the evolving field of multilingual education. Lily is passionate about creating access and equitable outcomes for language learners and students with disabilities in an inclusive education system.