The Graduate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) for PK-12 Practitioners is designed to provide the theoretical understandings and culturally and linguistically responsive practices for teaching English learners.  

Coursework emphasizes the intersection of culture, language, and identity and its application to teaching culturally and linguistically diverse PreK-12 learners. Each course requires fieldwork to provide opportunities to apply the knowledge and skills learned in coursework to teaching and learning with English learners. This certificate will appeal to in-service, licensed PreK-12 teachers as well as instructional assistants who want to develop deep expertise for working with English learners. It also provides preparation for licensed teachers to sit for the Praxis Subject Assessment in English to Speakers of Other Languages (required by the Virginia Department of Education to obtain an add-on ESL endorsement). 


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

Banner Code: E1-CERG-ESLP

Certificate Requirements

Total credits: 15

This certificate may be pursued on a part-time basis only.

Required Courses

EDCI 510Linguistics for PreK-12 ESOL Teachers3
EDCI 516Bilingualism and Language Acquisition Research3
EDCI 519Methods of Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners3
Total Credits9


Select six credits from the following:6
Assessment of Language Learners
Language and Literacy in Global Contexts
Content Literacy for English Language Learners, PK-12
Introduction to Culturally Linguistically Diverse Learners
Total Credits6