Program Overview

Marshall University offers a Graduate Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language for teachers who specialize in preparing students to enter schools whose first language is not English.  This program strives to provide a certificate endorsement for elementary and secondary teachers who have met initial licensure requirements through the ease of online courses. 

The certificate in ESL is a 21 credit hour program that usually takes three semesters to complete.  Course curriculum includes seven classes in the following areas: Applications Software in the Classroom Curriculum Area, Second Language Acquisition, Linguistics for ESL, Intercultural Communication, Methods and Materials for ESL: Language Development, Methods and Materials for ESL: Literacy Acquisition, and a Practicum for Teaching ESL.  

The intended occupations for certificate holders are Adult Basic and Secondary Education and Literacy Teachers and Instructors; and Foreign Language and Literature Teachers (Postsecondary).

Applicants should apply for admission as a Certificate/Professional Development student and complete a gainful employment disclosure so that informed decisions can be made about the program.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission


    Initial Teacher Licensure

    School Overview

    Marshall University is a four-year public school located in Huntington, West Virginia. Marshall was founded in 1837 as Marshall Academy, named for John Marshall, the fourth Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Extended campus sites are located in South Charleston, Point Pleasant, Beckley, Logan, and Gilbert.

    Marshall University offers associate’s degrees, bachelor’s degrees, post baccalaureate certificates, master’s degrees, post-master’s certificates, master’s degrees, post-master’s certificates, and doctor’s degrees (research and professional practice). Over 150 online classes are available every semester through Marshall University Online, and many bachelor's and master's degrees can be earned completely online.


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