English as a Second Language

Methods and Communication

The minor in English as a Second Language is designed for the student desiring to teach English language learners in a variety of settings, in the United States and abroad.

At Olivet, students will study assessment of the bilingual student, cross-cultural studies, and methods and materials for teaching. 

Practicums are an important part of this program. Apply concepts you learn in the classroom to actual teaching experiences as you complete the required 40 hours of ESL clinical experience.

For the 30-hour field practicum semester, prior to your student teaching, design and submit your own proposal. In the past, students have served on summer mission trips to Romania, been part of Missions in Action (M.I.A.) trips during breaks, and tutored language learners locally.

For the ESL endorsement, you must complete 100 contact hours with K-12 language learners. Volunteer as a coach, tutor or camp counselor working with area residents who aren’t native English speakers.

Students will complete 60 full school days of supervised student teaching, and a 30-hour field practicum, which might include serving on a Missions in Action (M.I.A.) trip during a spring or summer break.

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Education at Olivet

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education majors, minors and concentrations
Early Education Careers

Tutoring, public school systems, ministry organizations, international companies, public libraries, community classes and organizations

Study Abroad

More than a dozen study abroad programs provide opportunity for experiencing the Christian faith in other cultures and countries.

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Missions Work

Missions in Action (M.I.A.) sponsors student mission trips to serve people living on the continents of Asia, Africa, South America, as well as in the U.S.

Missions in Action

Specialized Education

From Art to Special Ed, Olivet students choose their area of focus, and spend valuable time as student and with students.

Math in Life

Many elementary, middle school and high school students say that math courses are their most difficult. Olivet math education grads excel in introducing students to the joys of learning.

Mentors and Professors

At Olivet, the classes are kept smaller, to ensure every student experience the one-on-one relationship with their academic mentors.

Tomorrow’s Educators

The School of Education strives for responsiveness in keeping its programs current. Within the last three years, the Early Childhood, Elementary Education and Middle Grades programs have been revised to meet licensing and hiring requirements. The newest program is the Special Education Teacher Training Program with the first graduates in the Class of 2017.

Special Education Teacher Training Program


Olivet Nazarene University’s Teacher Education Program is a recognized education preparation program by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) in consultation with the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board (SEPLB). Each teaching program that is offered at Olivet has been individually approved for licensure, meaning that when a teaching candidate graduates with a teaching degree they will also have earned an Illinois Professional Educators License. The School of Education continues to update existing programs to meet and exceed the Illinois State Board of Education standards and is aligned with the top educational preparation standards in the nation.

Education with a Christian Purpose

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