Creating Equitable Learning Environments

Meeting the Needs of Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Students

Seattle University’s College of Education online Master’s Degree in Educating Non-Native English Speakers and our English Language Learner (ELL) endorsement are designed to provide professional educators with the invaluable skills and knowledge to support language acquisition and learning for K-12 students, as well as the ability to apply your new knowledge to classroom environments in real time.  Your experience begins in our English Language Learner Endorsement Academy with a progression to the English Language Learner Master’s Degree.

Students speak over 100 languages at home in our Washington state schools. Districts need teachers who are knowledgeable and skilled in working with these students, and this degree and endorsement meets that critical need today. Whether you are currently enrolled and are seeking to add the endorsement or interested in our master’s program, our flexible online program supports your needs as working education professional and leader.


Chrystan Young teaches kindergarten and half of her students speak a language other than English at home. She was seeking a better way to serve her students when she enrolled in the Educating Non-Native Speakers program at Seattle University. Learn more about this online degree for working professionals to earn the ELL endorsement while working toward a master’s degree.

 Empowered Leaders Take Charge for Change

The Educating Non-Native English Speakers graduate program emphasizes a sociocultural approach to the needs of English language learners that will build your knowledge and skills in working with students, as well as your leadership skills in advocating for them in larger systems. Here's how you’ll be prepared to navigate and shape the educational policies that serve ELL students at school, district and state levels:

Where Online Meets the Real World


A Critical Need: Teaching English Learners

EL students in Washington State

Speak Spanish

Home Languages

Spoken in Washington State Schools

School Districts in WA

Serve Students From 50 or More Language Groups


High Impact & Great Value

Cost Effective: Our nationally recognized College of Education provides you a degree that costs 25% less than typical master’s programs.

Convenient: Access online classes from wherever you work or live.

Relevant: Provides you with one of the most sought-after endorsements in today's classrooms.

ComprehensiveGives you the knowledge and skills to offer primary language acquisition support to pre-K-12, non-native English-speaking students.

EmpoweringPrepares you to be a leader and critical thinker with a comprehensive understanding of leadership, multicultural competencies, ethics and social justice.


Stackable Degree Credits: 1 Year + 1 Year

Credits to Endorsement
Credits to Master's

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Han Hoang

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Only Seeking An ELL Endorsement?

Learn more how we provide Washington state teachers, regardless of where they live, affordable preparation for the required WEST-E exam.

ELL Endorsement Academy


Advocate for Access to Quality Education

"Our program focuses on helping teachers to build their knowledge and skills in working with culturally and linguistically diverse students. We challenge a lot of the assumptions that teachers may have about students that speak other languages and their cultural backgrounds, because these affect the way that we interact with ELL students."

Please note: The Educating Non-Native English Speakers master’s program is currently under consideration for suspension. We will continue to offer an English Language Learners (ELL) endorsement. Please email with any questions.