English as a Second Language (ESL) Certification

The need for skilled ESL teachers is on the rise. Meet this growing demand with a flexible program designed for your busy life.

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As education advances with modern technology and innovation, language remains an obstacle for many students. Language barriers often create challenges for non-English speakers and students with disabilities, which is why teachers with ESL certification are a vital factor in today’s academic landscape. Fairleigh Dickinson University’s ESL certificate online program is a flexible and affordable option for teachers interested in eliminating language barriers and making a difference in the lives of their students.

The New Jersey Department of Education requires ESL teachers to demonstrate oral and written language proficiency, and FDU’s ESL certificate ensures you will graduate prepared to meet these requirements. Through six thought-provoking courses founded on educational innovation, the ESL certification program meets the NJDOE requirements and equips you for success in diverse ESL classrooms.

Our online ESL certificate program helps you develop career enhancing competencies in areas such as:

  • Applied linguistics
  • Literacy development
  • Learning strategies for second-language learners
  • Behavioral science
  • Special education methods

Created as an educational solution for working teachers, the online ESL certification program is conveniently delivered through FDU’s online classroom. With flexible course options, unlimited online access to coursework and the opportunity to interact online with experienced educators, you’ll have the freedom to learn on your time and complete the program at a pace that works for you.

Courses and Requirements

The ESL certification online program offers a curriculum that combines innovative teaching techniques with a deep understanding of behavioral science and learning methods. ESL Certificate for NJ students will explore topics relevant to today’s educational systems and graduate with professional skills necessary to teach English in a variety of settings.

Admission Requirements

All applicants must possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. In addition, applicants must provide:

  • Graduate application form
  • Evidence of a standard New Jersey teaching certificate
  • Official transcripts*
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A personal statement

* A minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA is required.

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