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English as a Second Language Certificate of Graduate Study

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Program Information

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Rowan University’s Certificate of Graduate Study in ESL is intended for those who are looking to work with speakers of other languages. There is a critical need for highly qualified teachers who are trained to work with the growing numbers of English learners in K–12, college, and adult settings, both in the US and abroad. The program facilitates understanding of the unique needs and challenges of the English Language Learner (ELL). Students will learn how to develop lesson and unit plans that integrate language and content for ELL students of various levels of English proficiency. Upon successful completion of the ESL Certificate of Graduate Study program, students become eligible for state certification, which allows them to teach English as a Second Language in K-12 schools. Due to the accelerated timeline, students can complete state certification in nearly half the traditional time. 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.

Teachers in the state of New Jersey may apply to the ESL program through the New Jersey Teacher Outreach Program (NJTOP®).

The New Jersey Department of Education (NJ DOE), not Rowan University, grants certifications based on requirements set by the state. While coursework for this program meets the academic requirements for NJ DOE certification, it is the student’s responsibility to ensure that all other certification requirements are met, including, but not limited to, appropriate type and level of license and years of experience. NJ DOE certification requirements are subject to change. Certification applications are evaluated, by NJ DOE, based on the most current state requirements. For current NJ DOE licensure information, visit here.

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The ESL COGS is a part-time accelerated program. It requires the completion of 15 graduate semester hours. It is possible to complete this program in 3-4 consecutive semesters. 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.
  • 5 Courses / 15 Semester Hours
  • Foundation Courses: No
  • Graduation / Exit / Thesis Requirements: No
Course Number Title S.H. (Credits)
Required Courses: 15 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 Understanding Immigrant-Origin Students: Language, Culture, and Mobility 3
BLED 40522 Integrating Language and Content in the ESL/Bilingual Education Classroom 3

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
  • Two letters of recommendation
    • Letters of recommendation should be from professional administrators and include information, which attests to applicant's ability to pursue a graduate degree.
      • One letter from an individual familiar with your academic work
      • One should be from someone who can speak to your potential for teaching ESL
  • Copy of NJ teaching certificate (Standard or CEAS only)
  • Certificate Program Acknowledgement
  • Essay
    • Topic: Professional statement that should be between 1–2 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?
  • Recommended minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (On a 4.0 scale)
  • Evidence of ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) Scores - English
  • Evidence of ACTFL Writing Language Proficiency (WPI) Scores - English
    • Consult with Rowan Global Admissions at for specific details regarding this requirement.
    • For in test information please visit
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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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