Transform Classrooms With an ESL Teaching Certificate
English learners (ELs) require more from their educators and learning environments. Whether you’re based in the United States or teaching abroad, equip yourself with the knowledge and skills to support these students as they overcome language barriers, feelings of alienation and achievement gaps.
Start earning your Online Post-Professional Certificate in ESL/Bilingual Education* and gain the skills to better support students and teach culturally and linguistically relevant content. Through William & Mary, you’ll understand methods addressing dual language and biliteracy, in addition to today’s best practices for fostering equitable classroom environments.
The number of ELs in most states is growing, and so is the need for educators with thoughtful experience. In the 2014-15 school year, 10% of U.S. K-12 students were ELs.1 With our online ESL teaching certificate, you can learn from faculty who are experienced ESL teachers and researchers while continuing to work in your full-time career.
This online program will prepare licensed educators to earn an endorsement in ESL teaching. Through the Virginia Department of Education, you will need to complete the Praxis Subject Assessment in English as Second Language and meet certain other requirements.**
Specialization Courses (3 Credit Hours Each)
To earn the Online Certificate in ESL/Bilingual Education, you will need to complete the following 15 credit hours.
To earn a Master of Arts in Education (M.A.Ed.) in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in ESL/Bilingual Education, you must complete the following 5 courses and an additional 15 credit hours in core curriculum courses.
All online students will be required to complete a 0-hour orientation course to familiarize themselves with the online learning environment.
CRIN 519: Methods in Teaching ESL, PK-12
CRIN 520: Understanding Language: Second Language Acquisition, Theory and Practice
CRIN 521: ESL Curriculum Design: Teaching ELLs in the U.S.
CRIN 523: Bilingual Education and Dual Language Programs
CRIN 525: ESL Testing and Evaluation
*Certificate courses begin Spring 2022.
**Students are responsible for confirming the Online Post-Professional Certificate in Curriculum and Instruction will meet the requirements to earn an endorsement in their state or region. If you plan to obtain a license or certification in a state other than Virginia or a U.S. territory after completion of your program, it is highly recommended you first seek guidance from the appropriate licensing agency before beginning the academic program to ensure you can obtain a license of certification in your home state or territory. This website provides resources for licensure and certification boards outside of Virginia: nc-sara.org/professional-licensure-directory
- Retrieved on February 1, 2021 from ed.gov/datastory/el-characteristics/index.html#:~:text=High%20Contrast%20(508)-,Introduction,40%20percent%20in%20five%20states.