English as a Second Language (ESL) Certificate

This program is designed for certified teachers seeking a certificate as a teacher of English as a Second Language (ESL).

Advisor: Bruce Williams
Entry Requirements
  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.
  • A Standard New Jersey teaching certificate or a Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing in a content area
  • An overall undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.75 on a 4.00 scale.
Course Requirements: 21 Credits*
Course Number and Title Credits
TBED 5390 General Linguistics 3
TBED 5420 Social and Psychological Processes of the Multicultural Experience 3
TBED 6070 Applied Linguistics: Second Language Acquisition 3
TBED 6400 Content Area Instruction in English as a Second Language 3
TBED 6410 Methods, Materials and Assessments in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages 3
TBED 6430 Structure of American English 3
TBED 6610 Field Research: Internship in Teaching English as a Second Language 3


Exit Requirements
  • Passing scores on the Language Proficiency Interview Tests in English is required in order for students to receive their endorsement certification from the State of New Jersey. (The Department of Languages and Cultures offers the tests every spring and fall semester. Please contact the program director or the language coordinator(s) for testing dates and procedures.)
  • Successful completion of curriculum.

*The number of credits and the courses required for the ESL license may be subject to change.

For further information about this certificate program, please go to: Bilingual/ESL Graduate Program, The College of Humanities and Social Sciences ( http://www.wpunj.edu/cohss/language/gradprgs.htm).