Teaching English as Second Language (ESL) Certificate


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The endorsement program for English as a Second Language (ESL) certification is designed for individuals who possess a New Jersey standard teaching certificate in a content area or elementary education and who wish to become certified to teach English as a Second Language. It requires 21 credits of study in seven courses, and has the option of continuing in the M.Ed. in Curriculum & Learning program.

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Application Deadline:

August 1: Fall semester
December 1: Spring semester
April 15: Summer semester
*Applications received after the deadline will be reviewed on a space availability basis

*International students are advised to apply by:
April 1st: Fall (September intake)
November 1st: Spring (January intake)

Exit Requirements:

  • Successful completion of curriculum
  • A score of Advanced Low or higher on the Oral Proficiency Interviews (OPI) and Written Proficiency Tests (WPT) in English

These tests are required by the State of New Jersey. They are the official tool of the American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) and are administered by Language Testing International. For more information and current prices visit www.languagetesting.com

Admission Requirements:

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of no less than 3.00 on 4.00 scale.
  • A Standard New Jersey teaching certificate or a Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing (CEAS).
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Dr. Gladys Vega
Program Director, Department of Languages and Cultures