ESOL Compliance

In response to the Consent Decree of 1990 and subsequent modifications to the Consent Decree in 2003, the School District of Palm Beach County has established specific training requirements for teachers and staff that work with English Language Learners (ELLs). The training required varies based on the category of employee as outlined below.

Category 1
  • Classroom teachers of Language Arts, English, Reading, Elementary Education, or ESE
  • Requires either the ESOL Endorsement (complete 5 Category 1 ESOL courses or 300 approved ESOL in-service points) or ESOL Certification (pass ESOL Subject Area Exam and complete 120 approved ESOL in-service points)
  • Once completed, the ESOL Endorsement or ESOL Certification needs to be added to your teaching certificate
  • Needs to be completed within 6 years of the first ESOL Out-of-Compliance notice
Category 2
  • Classroom teachers of Social Studies, Mathematics, Science, or Computer Literacy
  • Requires 60 approved ESOL in-service points
  • Needs to be completed within 1 year of the first ESOL Out-of-Compliance notice
Category 3
  • Classroom teachers of Fine Arts or Electives (including Speech-Language Pathologists and Occupational/Physical Therapists)
  • Requires 18 approved ESOL in-service points
  • Needs to be completed within 1 year of the first ESOL Out-of-Compliance notice
Category 4
  • School Administrators and School Counselors
  • Requires 60 approved ESOL in-service points
  • Needs to be completed within 1 year of the first ESOL Out-of-Compliance notice

The District offers all 5 Category 1 ESOL courses and the Category 3 course free of charge to all active employees that are required to complete the training. These courses are offered 3 times per year (in February, June, and October) and registration opens in eLearning the month before the course starts. The titles of the courses are listed below:
  • ESOL-Methods of Teaching (also recommended for Category 2)
  • ESOL-Applied Linguistics
  • ESOL-Curriculum and Materials
  • ESOL-Testing and Evaluation
  • ESOL-Cross Cultural Communication (also recommended for Category 4)
  • Enriching Elective Classes for ELLs (Category 3)


For additional information or questions, please contact Steve Tata at (561) 434-8055/PX 48055.
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