Program Overview

Valley City State University offers a Graduate Certificate in Teaching English Language Learners (ELL). This certificate provides a path for in-service teachers who already possess baccalaureate teaching credentials and who may have a Master's of Education with the coursework to be credentialed as an ELL instructor. This certificate aims to prepare students to teach English to speakers of other languages and serve culturally diverse students.

To earn this certificate, graduate students must complete a total of 16 credit hours. The courses that are taken in this program include the following: Authentic Assessment Strategies and Evaluation or ELLs, Methods of Teaching English and Academic Content to ELLs, and Culture and Linguistics for ELL Teachers, among others. Completion of this program should meet the needs of students seeking professional development, endorsement, or licensure.

Throughout the program, graduate students will learn how to design and implement instruction that integrates English language development with academic learning. In addition, students should learn how to assess language proficiency levels of ELL students and use the results of these assessments to plan appropriate instruction. As a graduate of the Teaching ELL certificate program, students may possess the knowledge and skills necessary to be an effective ELL or ESL instructor. Students may have also gained the skills and tools needed to assist ELL populations in reaching their full potential as they make the United States their permanent or temporary home.

This program also meets the content standards and credit requirements identified by the North Dakota Education Standards and Practices Board for the ELL Endorsement. The coursework is aligned with the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)/ National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) Standards for Accreditation in P-12 ESL Teacher Education.

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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

    The ELL certificate meets the content standards and credit requirements identified by the North Dakota Education Standards and Practices Board for the ELL Endorsement. In addition, the certificate’s coursework is aligned with the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)/National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education(NCATE) Standards for Accreditation in P-12 ESL Teacher Education.

    Requirements

    Already posses baccalaureate teaching credentials.

    School Overview

    Valley City State University is a public university located in Valley City, North Dakota. VCSU is situated on a 55 acre campus, and the entire campus is listed as a historic district on the National Register of Historic Places. The university is one of eleven institutions in the North Dakota University System. Valley City State University was established in 1890 as a normal school, which is also known as a teachers college, and for over one hundred years has provided students with an engaging social and academic learning environment. Staying true to its heritage, Valley City University has developed a stellar reputation for educating some of the top teachers in the area.

    VCSU offers bachelor's and master's degrees. The academic departments and divisions at VCSU consist of Communication Arts and Social Science, Business and Information Technology, School of Education and Graduate Studies, Math, Science and Health & Physical Education and Fine Arts. VCSU offers an opportunity for distance learning for students that want to earn a degree from VCSU, but don’t have a schedule that allows them to do so. The online classes are delivered through the internet, which makes students able to participate from any location that has internet access. Students have the choice of either working independently, or together with fellow distance education students.

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