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English as a Second Language Certificate of Graduate Study

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Program Information

The Rowan Experience
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The Certificate of Graduate Study in English as a Second Language (ESL) prepares you to work with English Language Learners (ELL) in K–12, college, and adult settings - both in the US and abroad. The program is recognized by TESOL/CAEP, a national accreditation body for ESL teacher education programs in the United States. Upon successful completion, students become eligible for state certification, which allows them to teach English as a Second Language in K-12 schools. 

You can take advantage of our accelerated timeline and complete state certification in nearly half the traditional time. By taking one additional class and by fulfilling the additional testing requirements, some students may also be eligible for the Bilingual/Bicultural Endorsement. 

Students may also apply the credits earned from the COGS in ESL to Rowan’s Master’s in Educational Leadership (M.Ed.) program. 

Teachers in the state of New Jersey may apply to the Certificate of Graduate Study in English as a Second Language (ESL) program through the New Jersey Teacher Outreach Program (NJTOP®). For more information about NJTOP, click here.

Curriculum
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This is a part-time accelerated program requiring the completion of six graduate-level courses or 16 graduate semester hours. It is possible to complete this program in only 3-4 consecutive semesters. By taking one additional course and fulfilling additional testing requirements, ESL COGS students may be eligible for the Bilingual/Bicultural Endorsement. Credits earned may also be applied towards the Master of Education program.

Specific objectives for the ESL Certificate of Graduate Study program include:

  • The development of multifaceted understandings of the unique needs, challenges, and experiences of English Language Learner (ELL) students in order to advocate for their success.
  • The development of lesson and unit plans that integrate language and content for ELL students at various levels of English proficiency.
  • The ability to instruct ELL students using cutting-edge, research-based teaching methods.
  • 6 Courses / 16 Semester Hours
  • Foundation Courses: No
  • Graduation / Exit / Thesis Requirements: No
Course Number Title S.H. (Credits)
Required Courses: 16 S.H.
BLED 40510 Issues of Language and Cultural Diversity in ESL/Bilingual Prorams 3
BLED 40512 Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition for Teaching Languages 3
BLED 40520 Planning, Teaching, and Assessment in ESL Classrooms 3
BLED 40515 Language, Culture and Communication 3
BLED 40522 Integrating Language and Content in the ESL/Bilingual Education Classroom 3
BLED 40523 Practicum in Teaching English as a Second Language 1

Note: The courses listed above are not official and are subject to change. For an official list of available courses please visit the Rowan Global section tally.

Admission Requirements
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The following is a list of items required to begin the application process for the program. There may be additional actions or materials required for admission to the program. Upon receipt of the materials below, a representative from the Rowan Global Admissions Processing Office will contact you with confirmation or will indicate any missing items.


  • Completed Application Form
  • $65 (U.S.) non-refundable application fee
  • Bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) from an accredited institution of higher learning
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended (regardless of number of credits earned)
  • Current professional resume
  • Typewritten statement of professional objectives
    • Statement should be no more than two single-spaced pages and answer the following questions: Why do you want to teach English as a Second Language? How do you plan to impact English Language Learners, the school, and the community as an ESL teacher?
  • Two letters of recommendation
    • One recommendation attesting to your academic work
    • One professional recommendation
  • Copy of NJ teaching certificate (Standard or CEAS only)
  • Recommended minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (On a 4.0 scale)
  • The applicant must provide proof of appropriate certification, as well as a letter of employment confirming the specific dates (not just years) during which the applicant has taught or served the educational community under the appropriate certificate.
  • Evidence of Passing Oral and Written Language Proficiency Tests (OPI & WPT)
Teaching English Language Learners

Career Outlook

Our program provides you with the resources to help understand the unique needs and challenges of the ELL and learn to develop strategic currirulum that will put them on the path to success. Opportunities for ESL positions are varied and prevalent throughout the US and abroad - and across every educational level.

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