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  • Adult English as a Second Language (ESL) Certificate

    Certificate for Teachers of Adult ESL

    Why Hamline School of Education's Adult ESL Certificate?


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


    Flexible Structure: Online and on campus offerings

    Time to Complete: 9 to 12 months

    Program Beings: Fall, Spring, and Summer terms

    Curriculum: 4 courses, 8 credits

    Cost: $275 per credit for the 2013-2014 academic year

    Admission: APPLY NOW
    Contact Graduate Continuing Studies at gcs@hamline.edu for enrollment information


    Required Courses: 8 credits

    • ESL 6631: Introduction to the Adult ESL Learner: Developing Reading and Writing Skills (2 credits)
    • ESL 6634: Introduction to the Adult ESL Learner: Developing Oral Skills (2 credits)
    • ESL 6636: Course Design for Adult ESL Classes (2 credits)
    • ESL 6638 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 6631. 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 6631 or ESL 6634.


    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.