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This certificate prepares educators for both domestic and international teaching assignments working with culturally and linguistically-diverse learners. It provides courses for licensed teachers to earn an add-on endorsement in English as a second language (ESL) PK-12, also known as English for speakers of other languages (ESOL). Candidates whose first language is not English may be required to pass an oral and written proficiency assessment in English to meet state licensure requirements and national professional standards.

The graduate certificate may be pursued on a full-time or part-time basis.


Prerequisite for Admission

Six credits of a modern foreign language

Coursework may be taken at either the graduate or undergraduate level and does not count towards meeting the total credit hour requirement for the certificate.


For policies governing all graduate certificates, see AP.6.8 Requirements for Graduate Certificates.

Banner Code: E1-CERG-ESEP

Certificate Requirements

Total credits: 21

Students must earn a B or higher in all coursework.


EDCI 510Linguistics for PreK-12 ESOL Teachers3
EDCI 516Bilingualism and Language Acquisition Research3
EDCI 519Methods of Teaching Culturally Linguistically Diverse Learners3
EDCI 520Assessment of Language Learners3
EDRD 515Language and Literacy in Global Contexts3
EDRD 610Content Literacy for English Language Learners, PK-123
EDUC 537Introduction to Culturally Linguistically Diverse Learners3
Total Credits21