Teaching English as a Second Language

Program Director: Dr. Elizabeth Campbell






Program Overview:
The Graduate Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language requires 21 hours of course credit. The certificate prepares teachers who work with learners who enter schools with a language other than English.Program Highlights:

  • Provides a certificate endorsement program for elementary and secondary teachers who have met initial licensure requirements.
  • Many of the required courses are offered online.

Gainful Employment Program Disclosure:

  • Student pursuing the graduate certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language are eligible for federal financial aid providing they take at least 4.5 hours (1/2 time enrollment) in a semester.
  • Under the Code of Federal Regulations 668.6B, the following information is provided to prospective students seeking only the certificate (not simultaneously with a degree) to help them make informed decisions about this program, which does not lead to a degree. NOTE: Standard Occupational Classification (“SOC”) codes are issued by the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor. The SOC is linked to the occupational profile on O*NET, the nation’s primary source of occupational information.
Intended Occupation for Certificate Holders Standard Occupation Code
Adult Basic and Secondary Education and Literacy Teachers and Instructors 25-3011
Foreign Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary 25-1124


Standard Time to Completion: 2-3 semesters.

Curriculum:  7 courses | 21 credits
Required Courses Credits
CIEC 534 Applications Software in the Classroom Curriculum Area
CISL 550 Second Language Acquisition
CISL 551 Linguistics for ESL
CISL 552 Intercultural Communication
CISL 653 Methods and Materials for ESL: Language Development
CISL 654 Methods and Materials for ESL: Literacy Acquisition
CISL 655 ESL Practicum for Teaching ESL


Cost of books and supplies (estimate): $250

Information about Students who have Completed the Certificate-Only Program in the Most Recent Full Year (December 2010-August 2011):

NOTE: On-Time Completion Rate is the percentage of students who graduated between December 2010-August 2011, who completed this program in the normal completion time.

  • Number of certificate-only students enrolled: 13
  • Number of certificate-only students completing: data incomplete
  • On-Time Completion Rate: note this is a 21 credit hour program
  • Job Placement Rate: data incomplete
  • Median Loan Debt: data incomplete

Certificate Application Essentials
How to apply:

  • Prospective certificate-only students should apply for admission to Marshall University as a Certificate/Professional Development student and select the Teaching English as a Second Language Certificate on the application form.
  • Applicants should follow the admissions process described in the Graduate Catalog, or at the Graduate Admissions website.

Deadline for Application: December 1 (Spring semester); August 1 (Fall Semester); May 1 (Summer)