Currently there are 103,706 students enrolled in public, Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), nonpublic and state institution schools in North Dakota. Approximately 14,836 of those students come from multicultural backgrounds, representing 14% of the total enrollment (ND Department of Public Instruction, 2006). Students limited in English language proficiency account for approximately 5,750 or 6% of the total enrollment(Limited English Proficient Students in ND, 2006). Teachers that serve these populations require an ELL endorsement.
The ELL endorsement is also an ideal preparation for those wishing to teach English language arts overseas, and provides valuable experience in language acquisition
All coursework leading to both the Endorsement and the Minor in ELL is offered online from VCSU.
The coursework requires a 60-hour ELL practicum where the student will observe, teach and assess ELL students under the supervision of an endorsed ELL teacher. This allows pre-service teachers the opportunity to actively work with the populations that they will teach, and often the pre-service teachers are hired by the same school systems in which they perform their ELL practicum.