Graduate Certificate in Teaching Adults English as a Second Language

Gain the skills you need to deliver effective English as a second language (ESL) instruction to adult learners.

This certificate program combines adult learning theory with established ESL instruction methods to prepare educators and professionals in diverse settings and industries to meet the unique challenges of adult English language learners. Learn the fundamentals and professional vocabulary of teaching ESL; key concepts in second language acquisition theory; and best practices in ESL instruction, assessment, and evaluation. Whether you speak your students’ native language or teach in a multilingual classroom, this program provides you with the tools you need to help adults gain essential English reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. Reflecting Walden’s commitment to serving students in more than 140 countries around the world, this program emphasizes respect for diverse languages, cultures, and belief systems.

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Completion Requirements

  • 12 total semester credits

This program can be completed in as little as 8 months. Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336. Credits from this program may be applied toward Walden’s M.S. in Adult Learning with a specialization in Teaching Adults English as a Second Language. 


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Curriculum Component Requirements Cost
Courses 12 total semester credit hours $660 per semester credit hour
Technology Fee per semester $160

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For assistance in deciding which online certificate program fits your goals, request information or speak with an enrollment advisor by calling 1-866-492-5336. A list of international toll-free phone numbers is available for students outside the United States.