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.
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.
Submit the following materials to be considered for admission.
- $60 Application fee
- Application form: Complete the graduate certificate program application form online; the portal requires you to create an account.
- 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.
- Transcripts: All applicants must provide official undergraduate and graduate transcripts from all accredited institutions attended.
- 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.
- A copy of a valid PA Teaching Certification
- 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.