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Graduate Certificate in English as a Second Language

Graduate Certificate in English as a Second Language Online*


Program Overview

This certificate program is ideal for ESL educators


The Graduate Certificate in ESL online program explores instructional strategies and techniques associated with supporting reading, writing, listening and speaking development for English language learners. Students will become immersed in the foundational principles of language acquisition, the role of culture and sociolinguistics in educational contexts, the assessment of language proficiency, and more.

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Arkansas State University is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), formerly known as the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), 1140 19th Street, NW, Suite 400, Washington, D.C. 20036. Phone: 202-223-0077.

The master’s level credentials developed in this 12 credit hour program can be applied toward an MSE in Educational Theory and Practice – ESL. Students in this program will benefit from the incorporation of technology that aligns with national expectations for the 21st-century educator.

In this certificate program, students will learn to:

  • Apply theories to teach language proficiency of a second language
  • Utilize tools to instruct language learning for reading, speaking, listening and writing a second language
  • Understand the role of culture in teaching second language proficiency

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Tuition

The value of this certificate is right here


Our Graduate Certificate in ESL online program offers the same affordable tuition to in-state and out-of-state students. All fees are included in the total tuition.

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Total Tuition $3,804
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Tuition Per Credit Hour $317
Per Credit Hour Per Course
U.S. Resident Tuition Required Fees Total U.S. Resident Tuition Required Fees Total
$277.00 $40.00 $317.00 $831.00 $120.00 $951.00

Calendar

Our ESL certificate program is convenient for you


Our Graduate Certificate in ESL online program is designed to be flexible and convenient for working professionals, with accelerated coursework and multiple start dates each year.

Next Start & Application Due Dates:

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Term Length Course Begin Course End Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Deadline Last Day to Withdraw
Spring 2022 7 wk 01/11/2022 02/25/2022 12/15/2021 12/17/2021 01/06/2022 01/07/2022 02/11/2022
7 wk 03/07/2022 04/29/2022 02/21/2022 02/25/2022 03/03/2022 03/04/2022 04/15/2022
Summer 2022 5 wk 05/31/2022 07/01/2022 05/16/2022 05/20/2022 05/26/2022 05/27/2022 06/17/2022
5 wk 07/05/2022 08/05/2022 06/20/2022 06/24/2022 06/30/2022 07/01/2022 07/22/2022
Fall 2022 7 wk 08/23/2022 10/07/2022 08/08/2022 08/12/2022 08/18/2022 08/19/2022 09/24/2022
7 wk 10/17/2022 12/09/2022 10/03/2022 10/07/2022 10/13/2022 10/14/2022 11/26/2022
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Admissions

Our streamlined process makes it easy for you to start faster


A-State Online offers a streamlined admission process for both new students and transfers. Students who are interested in the Graduate Certificate in ESL online program must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution and a valid teaching certificate. Make sure to review full admission requirements below.

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with at least 2.75 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Valid, active teaching certificate
  • Note: If you have a 2.75-2.99 GPA, you must make a grade of B or better during the first 12 hours of graduate work at Arkansas State University.
  • Complete online application
  • Pay the nonrefundable $30 fee
  • Send official transcript(s) from the college/university attended. Official transcripts are sealed transcripts sent from the sending institution.

Additional Information

Unless otherwise noted, Arkansas State University has not confirmed if a program has met requirements for an out-of-state licensure. Please refer to the Program Approval Map to determine which programs are eligible to be offered in states and to find relevant state agency contact information. Eligibility to offer in a state does not guarantee the program will meet state licensure/certification requirements.

Please contact your state’s Professional License Department/Board to ensure that your chosen distance education program meets your state’s requirements in which you intend to practice.

  • Students who fall below the minimum admission requirements (GPA) may send a written letter of appeal, GRE or GMAT scores (may be unofficial), and additional supporting information to [email protected].
  • The appeal request will be forwarded to the department chair for conditional admission review.

Submit all documents to:

A-State Online
P.O. Box 2520
State University, AR 72467

Fax: 870-972-3548
Email: [email protected]

For Non-US Postal Mail Overnight Delivery Only:

Academic Partnerships
c/o Central Receiving
2713 Pawnee St.
Jonesboro, AR 72401

Courses

Here’s a peek at the curriculum for this ESL certificate program


Students who have a valid teaching license are required to complete 12 hours of coursework.

EESL 6633: Methods and Materials for Teaching Second Language

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course explores instructional strategies and techniques associated with supporting reading, writing, listening, and speaking development for ELLs. The focus of this course will be methods, materials, and technology resources that teachers can utilize to inform their second-language lesson design.

EESL 6643: Second Language Assessment

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Study of second language assessment techniques and procedures for utilizing both formative and summative assessments in order to evaluate a second language learner’s listening, speaking, reading and writing. Construction and critiques of instruments for assessing proficiencies are examined.

EESL 6653: Second Language Acquisition

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course introduces students to the foundational principles of language acquisition. Students will examine theories and research in the field of second language acquisition as it applies to classroom instruction.

EESL 6663: Teaching People from Other Cultures

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course investigates sociolinguistics and the role of culture in the educational context as related to teaching English as a second language. Students will explore multilingualism, multiculturalism, and cross-cultural communication as it impacts language teaching and students' language learning.


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