Graduate Certificate in Language Education

The Graduate Certificate in Language Education is designed for individuals seeking advanced professional preparation to increase knowledge and skills in working with language learners in the P-6 setting. Those who teach languages in public or private settings, both in the United States and abroad, may enhance their knowledge and practice by completing this standards-based program.

English as a Second Language (ESL) and Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy Concentration

The ESL concentration is for candidates who are seeking one of the following:

  • Institutional Recommendation for an English as a Second Language (ESL) endorsement on a current teacher certificate; or
  • Advanced preparation in ESL for increasing professional performance in community programs.
Admission Requirements
  • Satisfy the Admission Requirements for Graduate Certificates.
  • Satisfy the admissions requirements for the program:
    • Document professional background (must hold or be eligible to hold a teacher certificate from the State of Alaska if seeking an ESL endorsement).
    • Provide a minimum of three letters of recommendation addressing the applicant's potential for program success.
    • Submit a current resume.
    • Submit a writing sample including an educational goal statement directly related to the certification program.
    • Contact the School of Education for an admissions packet.
Background Check Requirements

See School of Education Field Placements.

Graduation Requirements Program Requirements

This program includes courses delivered by distance. Admitted students must have the technological knowledge and skills to engage in distance learning.

Complete a minimum of 18 credits beyond the baccalaureate degree including:

EDFN A621Culture, Language and Literacy3
EDFN A645Culturally Sustaining Literacy for P-6 English Language Learners3
EDFN A646Culturally Sustaining Instruction in Science, Technology Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) f3
EDFN A689Action Research Experience: Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy for English Language Learners in P-6 Clas3-6
EDFN A691Current Topics in Second Language Education3
EDSY A668Teaching English as a Second Language in Secondary Schools3
Total18-21

Meet the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Standards for ESL teachers. This may require students to take additional credits beyond the minimum of 18 required for a graduate certificate.

Maintain an overall GPA of 3.00 in the program with no more than one C in a required course.

Coursework applied to the certificate may apply to the MEd with faculty advisor approval.

State-Approved Verification Form and Alaska Teacher Certification

Following are the requirements for a state-approved verification form for an ESL endorsement:

  • Professional Teacher Certificate or equivalent.
  • Completion of all program requirements as indicated above.
  • Posted Graduate Certificate on transcript.
  • Demonstrated technology skills appropriate to the field.
Alaska Certification Note

The State of Alaska Department of Education and Early Development (EED) in Juneau awards endorsements. Graduates must meet all requirements specified by EED at the time of application for the endorsement. Alaska requires a passing score on the Praxis II: English to Speakers of Other Languages. See the EED teacher certification website for more information.

Please go to UAA's Authorization by State website for information about licensure or certification in a state other than Alaska.