• ESL for Mainstream Teachers Certificate

    Meet the growing challenges of educating the increasing numbers of English-language learners in your classroom.

    Our coursework will help you make pedagogical decisions about the education of your English-language learners that will build confidence and skills in the classroom.

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    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, 10 credits
    Cost: View current tuition rates 

    Admission: No application or admission required. Simply register for the introductory course to begin the certificate.

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


    Required Courses:
    ESL 6610: ESL Learner Mainstream Classroom (1 credit)
    ESL 7502: Language and Society (4 credits)
    ESL 7753: Test & Evaluation Eng Lang Learners (2 credits)
    ESL 7755: Development of Literacy Skills (3 credits)

    Certificate Completion Process

    If you believe you have completed all of the requirements of the ESL for Mainstream Teachers 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!

    Make Your Credits Count For More

    All coursework in the ESL for Mainstream Teachers Certificate except the introductory course may be applied to Hamline School of Education's K-12 ESL Additional Licensure, Master of Arts in English as a Second Language, or Master of Arts in Education (MAEd) programs.

    State Eligibility and Complaint Process

    State Eligibility

    Hamline University, like all higher education institutions, can enroll non-Minnesotans in online learning and degree programs after obtaining authorization from each individual state. We are an approved provider in most states but you should confirm your state is confirm your home state is listed among the eligible states where Hamline can provide online education.

    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.