Graduate Certificate in Teaching English Language Learners
Valley City State University

Program Details

The online Graduate Certificate in Teaching ELL from Valley City State University provides in-service teachers with the cultural and linguistic pedagogy needed to address the ELL needs of teachers in both North Dakota and other states. Courses cover topics in:

  • Authentic Assessment Strategies & Evaluation of ELLs
  • Methods of Teaching English & Academic Content to ELLs
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Foundations of Bilingual Education & Bilingualism
  • Putting Theory into Practice (ELL Teaching Practicum)
  • Language & Culture
  • Linguistics for ELL Teachers


  • Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Official transcripts from each college or university attended
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Resume
  • A written statement of professional goals in light of the applicants’ philosophy including a description of their preparation in the field of education

School Accreditation Statement

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

Geographic Restrictions

Students residing outside of North Dakota should check if this program is available to be delivered where they live, as it may include learning experiences that require additional authorizations in certain states that VCSU may not currently have.