English as a Second Language Graduate Certificate

The English as a Second Language Graduate Certificate will prepare you to effectively work with ESL students as classrooms across Pennsylvania and the region become increasingly diverse.

Through this program, you will develop a foundation in English usage, linguistic awareness, and second language acquisition. Coursework will train you to adapt and develop instructional materials for ESL students, as well as administer and interpret a variety of formative and summative assessments. You’ll become knowledgeable about support services for English Salanguage learners while developing cultural awareness and sensitivity.

Courses are taught by full-time Temple faculty to ensure that you will be guided by experts in the field and receive a high-quality education. Positioned in a city with a growing English language learner population, you will have frequent opportunities to teach ESL students and can apply these course credits to Temple University’s MSEd in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).

The ESL certificate can be added to any valid Pennsylvania Instructional I or II teaching certificate. However, to obtain a position as an ESL teacher in a public school, you must be certified in Early Childhood Education, Middle Grades English or Secondary English. If you are certified in other Middle Grades or Secondary content areas, you should take the Praxis II for English to add this credential.

To accommodate practicing teachers and professionals, classes are held in the evening. This program can be completed on a part-time basis and must be finished in four years.

Admissions Information

Graduate students currently enrolled in a Temple University College of Education teacher certification degree program are encouraged to contact Graduate Advisor Whitney Carroll at 215-204-8011 to schedule an appointment to discuss the ESL Certificate.

Students who earn a graduate degree before completing the ESL Certificate must apply for admission to enroll in coursework and continue in this certificate program.

Admission Requirements

Submit the following materials to be considered for admission.

  1. $60 Application fee
  2. Application form: Complete the graduate certificate program application form online; the portal requires you to create an account.
  3. Letters of Reference: Two letters of recommendation are required. Your recommendations should be from college or university faculty members who can speak to your academic abilities. 
  4. Transcripts: All applicants must provide official undergraduate and graduate transcripts from all accredited institutions attended. 
  5. Statement of Goals: Write a one to two page statement outlining your interest in the program with a specific focus on your interests, target career and your academic and job-related experiences that are relevant to the program.
  6. A copy of a valid PA Teaching Certification
  7. A current résumé
In addition, international applicants should submit:
  • Official document that validates completion and conferral of a degree, diploma, and/or certificate. While not required, applicants are encouraged to submit transcript(s) to the World Education Services (WES) for evaluation.
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS exam scores if a non-native speaker of English. A minimum score of 79 TOEFL iBt or 6.5 on IELTS is required for admission.

Application Deadlines

Applications are now being accepted for the Spring, Summer and Fall 2018 semesters. 

Tuition & Fees

In keeping with Temple’s commitment to access and affordability, the Graduate Certificate program offers a competitive level of tuition with multiple opportunities for financial support.

Tuition rates are set annually by the university and are affected by multiple factors, including program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency and more. Learn more about our tuition and fees.

These tuition costs apply to the 2017–2018 academic year.

Pennsylvania resident: $898.00 per credit
Out-of-state: $1,231.00 per credit

Scholarships & Financial Aid

Federal Financial Aid

Federal Stafford Loans

Applying for Federal Stafford Loans requires completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). At Temple University, unsubsidized Stafford Loans are available to full-time graduate students up to a maximum amount of $20,500 annually.

Federal Work Study

Eligibility for the Federal Work-Study Program is based on the applicant’s need as determined by the information on the applicant's FAFSA. In addition, students must be enrolled at least half-time and maintain satisfactory academic progress. Students are paid bi-weekly for hours worked. Learn aid, scholarship and work study options at Student Financial Services, as well as aid information specific to graduate students.


Graduates of this program lead classes for ESL students in grades kindergarten through 12, as well as adult learners in public and private schools, community organizations, private language institutes and more. Graduates are also content area teachers with diverse classrooms grades kindergarten through 12.

Please note that teaching in a public school requires a Pennsylvania Instructional I or II teaching certificate.

Related Graduate Degrees

Our Advisors

College of Education advisors are available to providing guidance on your academic path and your certificate's academic requirements.

For more information about advisors in the College of Education, contact Enrollment Management.

Ritter Annex, Room 150
1301 Cecil B. Moore Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19122-6091
Phone: (215) 204-0999
Email: educate@temple.edu


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