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King University Introduces Online ESL Teaching Endorsement Program

BRISTOL, Tenn., Nov. 6, 2017 – King University has announced the launch of a new English as a Second Language (ESL) Teaching Endorsement Program, designed to help Tennessee educators meet the needs of an expanding and diverse K-12 student population.

“Demographics are changing at the local, state, and national levels, and schools are finding themselves challenged by an influx of students who are not proficient in English,” said Donna Watson, Ph.D., dean of King’s School of Education. “We’re excited to be able to offer this program and hope that it will help to prepare teachers throughout the state.”

The online program, scheduled to begin in January 2018, takes place over the span of two semesters and further equips licensed, Tennessee-based K-12 instructors to teach the growing number of students for whom English is not a native language, as well as those speakers who have been identified as needing English Learner services.

“With the increasing number of English Language Learners in the classroom, it is essential that teachers receive training in the best approaches and methods for meeting the needs of these students,” said Tammy Harosky, assistant professor and ESL program coordinator for King. “We want to make sure our educators are provided with the tools they need to excel.”

For more information on the ESL Teaching Endorsement, visit, contact the King University Office of Admissions at 800.362.0014, or email


King University is a Presbyterian-affiliated, doctoral-level comprehensive university. Founded in 1867 as King College, the University offers more than 90 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees and concentrations in fields such as business, nursing, law, medical and health sciences, pharmacy, education, and humanities. Graduate programs are offered in business administration, education, and nursing. A number of research, off-campus learning opportunities, and travel destinations are also available. King University is a NCAA Division II and a Conference Carolinas member with 25 varsity sports. For more information about King University, visit King University does not discriminate against academically qualified students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, or disability. King University is certified by SCHEV to operate locations in Virginia. For more information on SCHEV certification, contact the King University office at Southwest Virginia Community College, 309 College Road, Richlands, VA 24641.