• Adult ESL Students

    Certificate for Teachers of Adult ESL

    Professionals who want to serve adult English-language learners are in high demand.

    Let Hamline's program prepare you to make sound decisions in course design and classroom practice in a wide variety of setting:

    • Adult basic education programs.
    • Technical/vocational programs.
    • College and university courses.
    • Community-based or volunteer programs.

    Through a hands-on, practitioner-based approach, the certificate supports individuals in acquiring the knowledge, practical skills, and abilities to teach English as a second language to adults from linguistically and culturally diverse populations.

    Program Overview

    Flexible Structure: Online and on campus offerings
    Time to Complete: 9 to 12 months
    Program Begins: Fall, Spring, and Summer terms
    Curriculum: 4 courses, 8 credits
    Cost: View current tuition rates

    State Eligibility (Online Program Only):
    If you are applying to the Certificate for Teachers of Adult ESL online program, please confirm that you reside in a state where Hamline University is authorized to provide online education. (Eligibility by state)


    Contact Graduate Continuing Studies at gcs@hamline.edu for enrollment information.


    Required Courses: 8 credits

    • ESL 7631 Introduction to the Adult ESL Learner: Developing Reading and Writing Skills (2 credits)
    • ESL 7634 Introduction to the Adult ESL Learner: Developing Oral Skills (2 credits)
    • ESL 7636 Course Design for Adult ESL Classes (2 credits)
    • ESL 7638 Assessment of the Adult ESL Student (2 credits)

    Individuals are required to take eight semester credits. For your convenience, all coursework is available online, beginning with ESL 7631. Upon successful completion of the four courses, candidates compile a portfolio of their work in the program and attend an exit interview with a Hamline faculty member.

    Students new to the field of adult ESL who are planning to follow the entire sequence of courses must start with ESL 7631 or ESL 7634.

    Certificate Completion Process

    If you believe you have completed all of the requirements of the Adult ESL certificate, please request your printed certificate. Your transcript will be evaluated and your accounts checked for holds. Certificates are processed monthly and you can expect to receive it within four to six weeks after your request. Congratulations on your hard work!

    MNSCU Note

    The certificate coursework may fulfill the assigned field requirements for those working in the Minnesota State Colleges and University (MNSCU) system. All ESL courses have been approved for assigned field designation by MNSCU.

  • State Eligibility and Complaint Process

    State Eligibility

    Hamline University, like all higher education institutions, is required to obtain authorization from individual states to enroll students residing outside of Minnesota. Hamline can enroll students residing in most states, but please confirm whether your state is among the eligible states.  

    Complaint Process

    Hamline University is committed to providing outstanding online education. If you have a question, concern, or complaint about your online education experience at Hamline, please review our complaint process for online education at Hamline.