Adult ESL Certificate


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Better serve English language learners

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 settings:

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

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

What will it take?

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Next Session Starts
August 26, 2024

Adult ESL Certificate program details

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Time to Complete
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Start dates and application deadlines

We review applications on a rolling basis, meaning you can apply and start your Adult ESL Certificate three times throughout the year. We recommend applying at least six weeks before the term you want to start to ensure your spot.

How to Apply

Fall 2024 term starts
Spring 2025 term starts
Summer 2025 term starts

Adult English as a Second Language program format

Enjoy the flexibility and convenience of our entirely online Adult ESL Certificate program without losing the benefits of networking with your peers and faculty mentors.

Time to complete your Adult ESL Certificate

The typical time to complete the certificate is 9 to 12 months, depending on how many classes you take per term.

Adult ESL Certificate courses

You’ll finish your certificate in adult ESL in four courses.

  • ESL 7631: Introduction to the Adult ESL Learner: Developing Reading and Writing Skills (2 credits)
  • ESL 7634: Introduction to the Adult English Language Learner: Developing Oral Skills (2 credits)
  • EDUC 7636: Course Design for Adult Education Classes (2 credits)
  • EDUC 7638: Assessment in Adult Education (2 credits)

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How to apply to the Adult ESL Certificate

Applying to the Adult ESL Certificate program is simple and only required if this is the first certificate you’ve applied for at Hamline, or if you are not enrolled in another Hamline School of Education degree or certificate program.

  • Online application (no fee)
  • Official transcript of a bachelor’s degree with a GPA of at least 2.5 from a regionally accredited college or university
    • Send directly from the institution to Graduate Admission or provide it in a sealed, signed envelope, and official electronic transcripts should be emailed from the institution to
    • You do not have to supply transcripts for courses taken at Hamline University

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Apply your certificate toward a master’s degree

Enrolling in a certificate program is a great way to experience what the master's programs at Hamline are like. With the Adult ESL Certificate, you'll earn credits that you can apply toward a Hamline master's degree in education or teaching English to speakers of other languages.

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