The program caters to English teaching professionals in a wide range of roles, including new and experienced teachers, administrators, policymakers and community workers.
As a graduate student, you will gain strategies for developing ESL skills across reading, writing, and listening, and for involving community and families as partners. You will leave the program with a historical perspective of English learners in the U.S. and context of past and current policy towards ESL. You will learn specific skills for assessing English learner proficiency and content area knowledge, knowledge of various program models, and a stronger foundation in supporting ESL students’ language acquisition.
This 18-credit hour certificate program consists of 6 classes. The graduate certificate can be completed within a two-year period while concurrently pursuing an online graduate degree or as a stand-alone certificate. This program does not lead to teacher certification and there is no requirement that students entering the program hold a teaching certificate or seek to obtain one.
A Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction: English as a Second Language is also available.