Graduate Certificate in Teaching English Language Learners (Grades K–12)

Prepare to meet the needs of the growing number of English Language Learners (ELLs) in today’s classroom.*

Walden’s online Graduate Certificate in Teaching English Language Learners (Grades K–12) provides the practical instructional strategies you need to help students of diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds thrive within the general classroom and other settings.

In this four-course, non-licensure program, you will explore a range of theories, strategies, and second language learning programs including dual language immersion, transitional bilingual education and structured English immersion. You will learn to apply:

  • Formative and summative assessment tools to measure language proficiency and guide instructional approaches.
  • Practical strategies to make academic content accessible to ELLs.
  • Second language learning and literacy development theories to create productive English language learning environments.

By learning to work collaboratively with families and colleagues, you will develop the skills essential to supporting and advocating for English Language Learners of diverse backgrounds.

Credits earned in this program may be applied toward Walden’s M.S. Ed with a specialization in Teaching English Language Learners (Grades K–12).

Find detailed information for this program, including possible occupations, completion rate, program costs, and median student loan debt.


*According to the National Clearinghouse of English Language Acquisition (NCELA), there were over five-million ELLs enrolled in U.S. schools in 2007. The number of ELL students grew by 57% from 1997-2007 and the number and proportion of ELLs in schools are continuing to grow. Viewed online 7/24/2012 at http://www.ncela.gwu.edu/files/uploads/3/EducatingELLsBuildingTeacherCapacityVol1.pdf.

  • Grants and tuition reductions available.


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