Undergraduate Certificate in English Language Teaching

Develop a foundational understanding of the cultural, political and social complexities of language education, learning and use, and the skills to draw on this awareness in a broad range of international and professional teaching contexts with the English Language Teaching Undergraduate Certificate in Temple’s College of Education and Human Development. Through firsthand, practical experience, this 12-credit undergraduate certificate prepares students to knowledgeably and creatively assess, deliver and plan meaningful language learning experiences, beyond the K12 classroom.   

Other core tenets of the program include

  • ethical, political, socio-cultural factors impacting English language teaching in international and domestic contexts;
  • language use in relation to individual and group identity;
  • principles of curriculum design and teacher-based authentic assessments;
  • structure and systems of language and intersection of culture, language and perception; and
  • task-based and content-focused language lessons.

The certificate provides the necessary minimum qualifications required by many of the world’s language schools and domestic community organizations. Earning the certificate also enhances students' applications for fellowships and builds practical, transferable skills that students can apply to a variety of professional and volunteer opportunities.

The program is recommended for any current Temple student interested in working domestically or internationally with linguistically diverse communities. Students pursuing majors such as communication, community education, public health or social services may benefit from increased awareness of their own cultural practices and ways to draw on that awareness in their interactions with people in cross-cultural educational and social services contexts.

Delivery Method

All courses are offered in hybrid format, with classes both in-person at Temple University’s Main Campus and online.

Classes & Curriculum

You must complete 12 credit hours (four courses) to earn the certificate. Topics covered in the curriculum include

  • discourse practices in diverse communities and
  • language as a social form, including the connections between language, culture, perception and linguistic globalization.

See a full list of English Language Teaching Certificate courses.

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Tuition & Fees

The tuition for this Certificate Program is based on school or college of your major, program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency, and more. You can view the full Cost of Attendance breakdown on the Student Financial Services website.


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

Enrollment Management
Ritter Annex 150
1301 Cecil B. Moore Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Phone: 215-204-8011
Email: educate@temple.edu


Additional Program Information