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