Program Overview

This four-course online program is designed for K-12 teachers seeking a supplemental certificate for teaching children whose native language is not English (ESL) or for teaching children whose native language is Spanish (bilingual). As the U.S. population continues to become more diverse, individuals with ESL and bilingual certifications are highly marketable. The certificate program is designed to be completed in one summer (and is only available in the summer) and is open to teachers in almost all 50 states. The four courses focus on the history of ESL and bilingual education in the U.S., foundations of ESL and bilingual education, ESL/bilingual assessment, and content-specific pedagogies.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges


    • Have a Bachelor’s degree
    • GPA must be 2.75 or higher overall OR on your last 60 hours
    • Participate in an admissions interview. In order to be considered for acceptance, you are required to participate in an interview with a faculty committee. 

    School Overview

    Stephen F. Austin State University has a strong tradition of excellence in higher education. We know that sometimes barriers such as geographic distance, employment schedules, and family obligations sometimes prevent students from coming to campus or attending scheduled classes. With more than 20 online degree programs, SFA ONLINE is one way that SFA is working to make higher education more accessible and to help you reach your academic, professional, and personal goals.


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