Graduate Certificate in English as a Second Language


The ESL program prepares educational leaders to meet the needs of students who speak English as a second, third, etc. language and in classrooms, and prepares educators to be culturally and linguistically responsive.


The ESL endorsement program is approved by the Illinois State Board of Education and graduates are eligible to apply for the endorsement to be added to their active Illinois teaching license.

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 Educational Leadership course work to fulfill requirements for a Master of Arts in Education.


Required Courses
EDL 550Theoretical Foundations of Teaching English as Second Language4
EDL 584Assessment of ESL Students4
EDL 592Linguistics4
EDL 593Cross Cultural Studies for ESL2
EDL 594Methods and Materials for ESL4
EDL 595ESL Clinical Experience 12
Total Hours20