Temple University

College of Education

English as a Second Language Graduate Certificate


1801 North Broad Street

Philadelphia, PA 19122

United States

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

English as a Second Language Graduate Certificate

Format: Online

Program Description:

The English as a Second Language Graduate Certificate prepares you to effectively work with English language learners as classrooms across Pennsylvania and the region become increasingly diverse. Upon successful completion, you will earn the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Program Specialist: ESL Certificate. 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 English language learners, as well as administer and interpret a variety of formative and summative assessments. You will become knowledgeable about support services for English language learners while developing cultural awareness and sensitivity. The ESL Certificate can be added to any valid Pennsylvania Instructional I or II teaching certification. 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.


Prepares students for English as a Second Language certification by Pennsylvania Department of Education

Eligibility Requirements:

Students must submit an application, official undergraduate and/or graduate transcripts, two letters of recommendation, resume, statement of goals, copy of PA teaching certificate.

International Student Requirements:

Official document that validates completion and conferral of a degree, diploma, or certificate. Official international transcripts must be mailed. While not required, applicants are encouraged to submit transcripts to World Education Services (WES) for evaluation. Official TOEFL or IELTS exam scores required.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

# of Credits Required: 12

In State Tuition (per year): $916 USD

Out State Tuition (per year): $1,261 USD

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Large City

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