English as a Second Language Certificate of Graduate Study

English as a Second Language Certificate of Graduate Study

English as a Second Language Certificate of Graduate Study

Upon successful completion of the English as a Second Language (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. ESL teachers help students from a wide range of language and cultural backgrounds living and working in primarily English speaking environments to speak, listen, read, and write in English. The ESL program at Rowan University is recognized by TESOL/CAEP, a national accreditation body for ESL teacher education programs in the United States.

Teachers in the state of New Jersey may apply to the ESL program through the New Jersey Teacher Outreach Program (NJTOP®). For more information including NJTOP tuition rates click here.

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, click here.



This is a part-time accelerated program requiring the completion of 6 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 URL: No
Course Number
S.H. (Credits)
Required Courses: 16 S.H.
BLED 40510 Issues of Language and Cultural Diversity in ESL/Bilingual Programs 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

Admissions Requirements

The following is a list of items required to begin the application process for the program. There may be additional action 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 indicating any missing items.

  • $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 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?
  • Two letters of recommendation. While the official Recommendation Form is required, a letter from the recommender may be submitted:

    • 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)


Start Dates & Application Deadlines

The chart below details available entry terms for the English as a Second Language Certificate of Graduate Study program as well as corresponding application deadlines. Submitting the Application Form is only the first step to beginning the admission process. All of the required materials listed above must be received on or before the application completion deadline for your desired entry term to be considered for admission to that term. We encourage you to complete the application form and begin submitting your materials at least one month before the deadline indicated.

Entry Term Start Date Application Deadline
Fall - Module 1 September 1 July 1
Spring - Module 3 January 19 November 1
Summer - Module 5 May 18 April 1