English Language Learners Certificate

Program Description

Fee $1200

Certificate ELL courses will build teachers’ knowledge and skills to increase the achievement of students who are learning English as a second language. Online examples are provided to help teachers of every subject and grade level provide appropriate instruction to facilitate listening, speaking, reading, writing, and comprehension skills in the English language. Areas of focus include specific information and practice on methods of ESL; foundations of ESL; teaching of reading and writing; linguistics; and assessment for non-English proficient students.

Program Prerequisites and Requirements

  • Eligible participants must be graduate-level teachers (instructional specialists, administrators, or any other school staff member assigned teaching duties or with access to educational facilities and programs) with current access to classrooms and a school (from grades preK-12, any content area).
  • Participants must have regular access to a computer with reliable internet connectivity.
  • The Introduction to Graduate Studies – Site Orientation must be completed prior to the start of the first course.

    Talk to an admissions counselor about your goals and transfer credits.

    At the end of this program, students will be able to:
    • Teach English as a Second Language (ESL) learners the ability to communicate information, ideas, and concepts necessary for academic success in all content areas such as language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies
    • Incorporate the four language domains (Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing) in their curriculum, instruction, and assessment focusing on each of the five language proficiency levels Stages I-V
    • Demonstrate knowledge and skills to create and maintain a positive learning environment that will support and increase ESL students’ academic and language achievement
    • Design and implement developmentally appropriate strategies that foster, nurture, and develop ESL skills in students that are within, and outside of, the normal range of child development
    • Design and implement strategies to meet the special education needs of ESL students

    9 Credit Hours

    English Language Learners Certificate


    EDC572 Foundations of ESL
    EDC577 English Language Learners/Linguistics
    EDC535 Reading and Writing

    Who Should Enroll
    The English Language Learners Certificate program is designed for graduate level educators who are presently teachers or administrators in a school setting or have regular weekly access to a school and classrooms.
    Next Steps
    If you have explored the website and have other questions, visit the Handbooks and Policies page to download the Catalog and Student Handbook with detailed descriptions of each course in the program.
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