ELL Endorsement Academy

Next cohort starts Fall Quarter 2020 

  • Application Deadline: 8/31/20, Monday 

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.

Review the upcoming cohort calendar,ELL Endorsement Academy Calendar 2019-2020, for class dates and times.

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Endorsement Academy Instructors

Jeom Ja Yeo, Ph.D.

Dr. Jeom Ja Yeo earned her Ph.D. in Language, Literacy, and Culture at the University of Washington. Her research interests are immigration, race and ethnicity, ELL, Second Language Acquisition (SLA), multicultural education, and World Englishes. She teaches courses in Teacher Education Program focusing on K-12 ELL education and Second Language Teaching and Learning. Dr. Yeo has extensive international teaching experience.


Leslie Schicht

Leslie Schicht, MiT, University of Washington, 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.


Thad Williams, M.Ed.

Thad Williams currently serves as an ELL Instructional and Professional Development Coach in the Bellevue School District. He is presently completing a Ph.D in Language, Literacy and Culture with an expected completion in spring, 2018. Mr. Williams is a National Board Certified Teacher and has served emergent bilinguals and their families as a classroom teacher and ELL instructional coach for more than a decade in the Jackson-Madison School District (Tennessee), Kent School District and Bellevue School District (Washington). He has designed and facilitated dual language and Sheltered Instruction (SIOP) professional development focusing on areas including dual language fundamentals, teacher development, instructional coaching, literacy, sheltering instruction, language program models, cultural competency, and racial equity. He has several years of experience as an instructor in teacher education courses focusing on teaching ELLs. Mr. Williams also serves as a national professional development facilitator for the Center for Applied Linguistics. 


Susan Cooper, Ph.D.

Dr. Susan Cooper received her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology - Learning Sciences and Human Cognition in June 2017. She received her M.Ed. from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1987, and since then has taught for more than 20 years in public schools and, more recently, at the college level. She has been a bilingual classroom teacher, a special education teacher, and a general education Social Studies and English teacher in public middle schools. Her areas of expertise include formative and summative assessment ethical decision-making processes and how they are inseparable from planning and instruction, motivation and engagement, teacher education, special education, and adolescent development and learning specifically at the middle school level.