English as a Second Language Undergraduate Certificate

As classrooms across Pennsylvania and the region become increasingly diverse, the English as a Second Language Undergraduate Certificate will prepare you to work successfully with ESL students.

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

Certificate 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 Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) MSEd.

The 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.

Who might be interested?

Undergraduate students who are currently enrolled in a teacher education program at Temple may pursue this certificate. 

Classes & Curriculum

You will need to complete of one of the following courses, depending on your BSEd program.

  • Teaching English Language Learners in the Early Grades (for Early Childhood Education majors) 
  • Foundations of Language Teaching: Teaching English Language Learners in Grades 4 to 12 (for Middle Grades, Career and Technical Education, and Secondary Education majors)

Admissions Requirements

Eligible students must have a 3.25 GPA.

Students currently enrolled in a teacher education program at Temple should speak with a College of Education academic advisor in order to enroll in the English as a Second Language Undergraduate Certificate. 

Tuition & Fees

In keeping with Temple’s commitment to access and affordability, the Certificate Program 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: $15,768.00 per year
Out-of-state: $27,528.00 per year


Graduates of this program lead ESL classes for kindergarten through grade 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 for kindergarten through grade 12.

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For more information about this program, the College of Education, how to apply for admission, and your application status, contact Enrollment Management.

Enrollment Management
Phone: 215-204-8011
Email: educate@temple.edu


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