ASU‘s online graduate certificate in English as a Second Language (ESL) prepares you to teach English language learners in a variety of settings, including U.S. schools.

ASU Online offers start dates every 7.5 weeks.
Multiple enrollment sessions throughout the year.
Required number of credits to complete this degree.

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.

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08/22/2019
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Program Summary

Total Hours:

18

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Graduates with an ASU Online English as a Second Language Graduate Certificate have career opportunities illustrated in the following list. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Requirements

Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College.

Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree, preferably in education or related field, from a regionally accredited institution.

Applicants must have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of a student's first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum of 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program.

Applicants are required to submit:

  1. Graduate admission application and application fee
  2. Official transcripts
  3. Personal statement describing the applicant's interests and reason for seeking this certificate
  4. Resume
  5. Proof of English proficiency

Additional Application Information

An applicant whose native language is not English (regardless of current residency) must provide proof of English proficiency.

GRE scores are not required for admission.

Admission Deadlines:

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