The Graduate Certificate in Language Education,
English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

The Graduate Certificate in Language Education, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) is designed for individuals seeking advanced professional preparation to increase knowledge and skills in working with language learners. 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.

The ESOL 7-12 concentration is for candidates who are seeking one of the following:Institutional Recommendation (IR) for an English as a Second Language (ESL) 7-12 endorsement on a current secondary teacher certificate


Advanced preparation in ESOL for increasing professional performance in community programs

ENGL A450 Linguistics and Language Teaching 4
ENGL A452 English Grammar and Language Teaching 4
EDSY A630 Language, Culture, and Teaching in Secondary Schools 2
EDSY A667A Middle/High School Second-Language Teaching I 3
EDSY A667C Middle/High School Methods for Teaching English as a Second Language 2
EDFN A621 Culture, Language, and Literacy 3
EDFN A691 Current Topics in Second Language Education (1-3) 3
EDFN A695E Internship: English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) 2-4 2-4*

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 12 credits beyond the baccalaureate degree. Most students will be expected to complete the following 23 to 25 credits:

*The number of internship credits required varies based on faculty advisor evaluation and approval of prior relevant experience.

  • Meet the Teachers of English for Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Standards for ESL teachers. This may require students to take additional credits beyond the minimum of 12 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. 
  • Complete a minimum of 12 credits for the certificate as well as all coursework listed on the Graduate Studies Plan. The Graduate Studies Plan is developed with a faculty advisor, who will analyze previous experience and prior course work.
  • Note: As with all graduate certificates in the College of Education, coursework applied to the certificate may apply to the MEd with faculty advisor approval.


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    Form Name Description
    Application for Admissions - Project LEAP Application for the 1 year ESL endorsement called Project LEAP