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The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Human Sciences: Certificates:
Graduate Certificate in Teaching English Language Learners

This program is not currently accepting new students. Current students must complete their programs of study in accordance with Walden’s Time-to-Degree Completion policies.

This four-course, graduate certificate program provides effective strategies for: teaching English as a Second Language (ESL); making content accessible to English Language Learners (ELLs); and creating collaborative, culturally responsive learning environments. Coursework explores language acquisition theory and research as well as language-learning programs such as dual language immersion, transitional bilingual education, and structured English immersion. Participants learn practical methods for integrating content and literacy objectives to help K–12 students master both subject matter and English listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Courses also introduce a variety of assessment tools and interpretative techniques for evaluating language proficiency and guiding instructional approaches. 

Note on Endorsement, Licensure, or Certification

This program does not lead to an endorsement, certification, or licensure. Walden makes no representation, warranty, guarantee, or commitment that successful completion of this program or coursework for graduate credit within this program will permit a graduate to obtain state certification or licensure.

The graduate degree program and coursework within the program in which you are enrolling may be accepted by many states toward upgrading or renewing a license or obtaining a salary increase (depending on state or district policy). Teachers are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement. Walden enrollment specialists can provide guidance on program requirements; however, it remains the individual’s responsibility to understand and comply with all state and school district requirements.

Certificate Requirements

  •  12 total semester credits


  • Students may take this as a non-degree course.
  • Students may take this as a non-degree course.
  • Students may take this as a non-degree course.
  • Students may take this as a non-degree course.

Course Sequence

The recommended course sequence is as follows:

Semester Course Credits
Semester 1

EDUC 6726 - Understanding the English Language Learner

3 semester credits

EDUC 6727 - Strategies for Teaching English as a Second Language

3 semester credits
Semester 2

EDUC 6728 - Strategies for Teaching Content to English-Language Learners

3 semester credits

EDUC 6729 - Assessment and the English-Language Learner

3 semester credits