The Certificate in English as a Second Language helps educators, who often only speak English, teach English language learners both English and other academic content during the same instructional day. Students will learn to:
- Understand theories of language acquisition
- Implement strategies that promote cultural understanding
- Use teaching practices that meet the needs of English language learners
The coursework provides teachers the knowledge and skills to successfully demonstrate the English as a New Language Standards established by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS).
This coursework has been approved by the Illinois State Board of Education to count toward coursework required for the ESL and bilingual endorsements.
Reach English language learners with this online certificate program. Start your application, or check admission requirements.
The graduate level certificate in English as a Second Language is intended for teachers interested in working with students who are English Language Learners. By applying current research and best practices, educators learn strategies to support students as they learn English and master subject-specific content. All courses in this certificate program can be applied to a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with a Specialization in English as a Second Language at American College of Education.
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- Apply knowledge of language development and acquisition and cultural and linguistic diversity implement curriculum and instruction for English learners.
- Utilize academic standards to guide the selection of content and research-based instructional strategies to deliver the content.
- Develop assessment instruments, select materials, and monitor learning outcomes to enhance the academic development of English learners.
- Establish a culturally relevant environment by incorporating evidenced-based instructional resources, materials and technology.
- Engage in ongoing learning and leadership communities to analyze data and instructional practices and conduct research to enhance understanding of new language learners and their academic and social needs.
Each course in this certificate program carries 3 semester credits.
Order of courses taken based on availability
||Foundations of ESL and Bilingual Education
||Assessment of ESL and Bilingual Students
||Methods and Materials for Teaching English as a Second Language
||Cross-Cultural Studies for ELLs
||Linguistics for TESOL
Total Credits: 18
||Tuition Per Credit
- Application fee: $50
- Technology and library fee: $10 per credit hour (for a total of $180)
- Program conferral fee: $100
2015 total program cost: $4,200. For more information, visit the tuition section.