USM Online

Certificate of Graduate Study in English as a Second Language

Online ESL Certification

  • Distance-learning format featuring synchronous and asynchronous online options
  • Literacy, Language and Culture Program
  • 15 credit hours
  • Fall, Spring, or Summer start
  • Connect me with an Admissions Counselor

The Online Certificate of Graduate Study in English as a Second Language (ESL) provides a foundation in English language learning for teachers, educational technicians, adult educators, school administrators, and international teachers. Apply today.

The program provides:

  • A flexible path to learning for those who prefer not to complete the requirements for a master’s degree
  • A certificate from the Literacy, Language and Culture Program 

Our post-baccalaureate program is based on the TESOL Professional Teaching Standards, which emphasize:

  • Language
  • Culture
  • Planning, implementing, and managing instruction
  • Assessment
  • Professionalism

Flexible, online graduate certificate

Our online format enables you to continue working as you complete your certificate requirementsYou can even combine your online learning with classes on campus. Apply today.

Outcomes and opportunities

After completion of the program, you will be able to plan effective instruction for English language learners and may earn state endorsement in ESL if other requirements are met. Our program graduates pursue careers and professional experiences such as:

  • Literacy specialists
  • K-12 and adult education ESL teachers
  • ESL program directors
  • Title 1 directors
  • English as a Foreign Language teachers
  • Peace Corps volunteers