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This certificate offers coursework leading to teacher licensure (Virginia) in English as a Second Language. 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.

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


Pre-requisite for Admission

  • Praxis Core or equivalent.
  • 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-INEL

Certificate Requirements

Total credits: 30

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
EDCI 790Internship in Education6
EDRD 515Language and Literacy in Global Contexts3
EDRD 610Content Literacy for English Language Learners, PK-123
EDUC 511Child and Adolescent Development in Global Contexts3
EDUC 537Introduction to Culturally Linguistically Diverse Learners3
Total Credits30

Internship Options

A six-credit, 15-week daytime internship is required for completion of the state-approved licensure program. Both elementary and secondary school placements are required.
Internship in Education

Two options are available to meet the needs of most individuals:

  • Placement Internship: One semester, daytime internship in the classroom of a cooperating teacher. Intern assumes co-teaching and independent teaching responsibilities.
  • On-the-Job Internship: Available only to students who are employed as full-time ESOL teachers and are teaching in an accredited school.