Academic Catalog - 2018-2019

College of Education

Department of Educational Specialties

English as a Second Language, Graduate Certificate


Academic Information

The reality of today’s classroom is a diverse one. Specialization in bilingual and multicultural education is very applicable to meeting the needs of students from a variety of cultures and backgrounds. This program meets a growing need for highly qualified English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers in Arizona, and was designed to meet the requirements of the Arizona Department of Education for an ESL endorsement which went into effect in 1984.

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Academic Catalog - 2018-2019

College of Education

Department of Educational Specialties

English as a Second Language, Graduate Certificate


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What Can I Do with a Certificate in English as a Second Language?

We designed this program for K-12 teachers seeking ESL endorsement through Northern Arizona University courses. Teachers who choose this plan to fulfill state of Arizona ESL endorsement requirements will also need to demonstrate a second-language learning experience and show that they have already taught ESL students for two years in their classes, or they will need to take a teaching practicum course.

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Academic Catalog - 2018-2019

College of Education

Department of Educational Specialties

English as a Second Language, Graduate Certificate


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Academic Catalog - 2018-2019

College of Education

Department of Educational Specialties

English as a Second Language, Graduate Certificate


Overview

In addition to University Requirements:

Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

Minimum Units for Completion 18
Additional Admission Requirements Required
Fieldwork Experience/Internship Optional

Purpose Statement

The ESL graduate certificate prepares candidates for a career as an English as a second language (ESL) classroom teacher, ESL resource teacher, or a teacher responsible for providing ESL instruction and support in the regular classroom or special settings. Candidates gain the knowledge, skills and dispositions for developing ESL skills across reading, writing, and listening, and for involving community and families as partners. They will also leave the program with a historical perspective of English learners in the U.S. Candidates will develop specific skills for assessing English learner proficiency and content area knowledge, and knowledge of various program models. They will become familiar with current research in ESL instruction, and understand how theory can be structured in classroom practice to develop the oral language and literacy skills of all students.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Candidates will:

1. Know, understand and use the major theories and research related to the structure and acquisition of language

2. Apply major theories and research to help English language learners develop language and literacy and achieve in the content area.

3. Know, understand and use major concepts, principles, theories, and research related to the nature and role of culture and cultural groups to construct supportive learning environments for ELLs.

4. Know, understand and apply concepts, research and best practices to plan classroom instruction for ELLs.

5. Demonstrate understanding of issues and concepts of assessment.

6. Use a variety of standards-based language proficiency instruments to show language growth and to inform their instruction. 

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Academic Catalog - 2018-2019

College of Education

Department of Educational Specialties

English as a Second Language, Graduate Certificate


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Additional Admission Requirements
Certificate Requirements
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Academic Catalog - 2018-2019

College of Education

Department of Educational Specialties

English as a Second Language, Graduate Certificate


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