ELSTEM Program Overview

ESOL for STEM Educators (ELSTEM) is a program in which Pacific University, in collaboration with our partner school districts will design, implement, and evaluate an ESOL endorsement program for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) educators in grades 6-12. The goal of this newly implemented STEM-focused ESOL endorsement curriculum will be to maximize the educational achievement of English language learners (ELLs) in STEM subjects, while also enhancing STEM educators’ awareness and understanding of the needs and challenges that ELLs face in academic settings.

Funded by the federal National Professional Development grant (OELA, US Depatment of Education Grant no T365Z120107), application fees and tuition are fully covered for selected participants. In addition, the grant provides a $1,000 stipend to teachers who successfully complete the coursework and passing NES: ESOL licensure exam.

Prospective Participants

Over 5 years (2012-2017), ELSTEM participants will include:

  • 40 pre-service teachers, who are also NSF Noyce Scholars
  • 80 in-service STEM teachers, recruited from partner districts

Eligibility Requirements

An in-service candidate for this funded program must be:

  1. currently employed in our partner school district
  2. holding an endorsement in math, science, engineering, technology subjects (or multiple subjects if they are licensed to teach Grades 6-8)
  3. teaching math, science, technology content at their school

A pre-service candidate must be admitted to our Woodburn STEM MAT program through the NSF Noyce Scholarship.

Length of the Program

1 year (12 calendar months). The upcoming preservice and inservice cohorts will start in late June 2014 and end in mid June 2015.


ELSTEM program is delivered in partnership with 8 school districts in Oregon:

Beaverton School District

Bethel School District

Eugene 4J School District

Forest Grove School District

Hillsboro School District

Portland Public Schools

Springfield Public Schools

Woodburn School District