Graduate Certificate in English as a Second Language


Embark on an enriching journey with our ESL (English as a Second Language) program, crafted to transform educators into global leaders adept at meeting the diverse needs of students who speak English as an additional language. This dynamic program not only focuses on linguistic proficiency but also prepares you to be an effective, culturally-aware educator. With this training, you'll have the exciting opportunity to teach English in various countries, opening doors to cross-cultural experiences and the chance to make a significant impact in classrooms around the world.

Grading Policy

Passing at the graduate level is considered a B or higher. A maximum of eight hours of C (2.0) grades is applicable, provided that a minimum GPA of 3.0 is reached at the time of program completion and an approved Student Petition is on file in the Office of Records and Registration. Grades of C- or lower are not accepted.

Graduate Degree Opportunity 

Combine the graduate certificate with an additional 16 credit hours of education course work to fulfill requirements for a Master of Arts in Education or Master of Educational Leadership.


Required Courses
EDL 493Cross-Cultural Studies for Multilingual Students and Families3
EDL 550Theoretical Foundations of Teaching English as Second Language4
EDL 584Assessment of ESL Students4
EDL 592Linguistics4
EDL 594Methods and Materials for ESL4
EDL 595ESL Clinical Experience2
Total Hours21