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Graduate Certificate in English Language Learners

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Degree Description:

The Graduate Certificate in Teaching English Language Learners allows recipients who do not have a valid U.S. teaching certificate to develop skills and obtain documentation that will help them obtain positions teaching ELLs around the world.  The certificate consists of 18 hours of coursework that addresses TESOL and Common Core Standards and focuses on developing knowledge and skills for working with culturally diverse students and communities.  The required coursework emphasizes both theoretical and practical issues concerning language policy, second language acquisition, cultivating relationships with diverse communities and households, and the implementation of linguistically appropriate classroom teaching techniques.

The certificate consists of five 3-credit courses and one 3-credit elective, for a total of 18 credits. Students should note that other courses cannot be used as substitutes to meet the course requirements.

Admission Requirements:

Student who wish to obtain the ELL certificate must be admitted to the Washington State University in the following Education degrees/areas: M.A., Ed.M. in ELL or a Ph.D. in Language, Literacy & Technology or into the English Language Learners Endorsement program at the graduate level.  Students must meet all the coursework prerequisites.

To file the Graduate Certificate requires a student to be enrolled the term they want the certificate.  Students submit the certificate application form before the first graduation date as posted in the Graduate School deadlines & procedures (Spring terms – first Friday of March; Summer – first Friday of June; and Fall terms – first Friday of October).

Faculty Members:

Egbert, Joy, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Learning environments, particularly as they involve English language learners and technology. Her most recent focus is on differentiation and engagement.

Contact Information:

WSU Pullman College of Education
Cleveland Hall 70
PO Box 642114
Pullman, WA 99164-2114
(509)-335-9195 or (509)-335-7016
Fax: (509)-335-9172