This four-course online program is designed for K-12 teachers seeking a supplemental certificate for teaching children whose native language is not English (ESL) or for teaching children whose native language is Spanish (bilingual). As the U.S. population continues to become more diverse, individuals with ESL and bilingual certifications are highly marketable. The certificate program is designed to be completed in one summer (and is only available in the summer) and is open to teachers in almost all 50 states. The four courses focus on the history of ESL and bilingual education in the U.S., foundations of ESL and bilingual education, ESL/bilingual assessment, and content-specific pedagogies.

 

ESL vs. Bilingual

 

The ESL certified teacher has the knowledge of methods and techniques for teaching that will aid English language learners in the content areas. Teachers provide the necessary modifications to the curriculum that ensure student success and provide a platform for developing a deep understanding of cultural realities that affect learning and the everyday life of the English language learner. Students pursuing the ESL certificate are not required to learn a foreign language. The bilingual certified teacher has the knowledge of methods and techniques for teaching that will aid English language learners in the content areas. The bilingual certified teacher can limit confusion encountered in an English-speaking environment by introducing concepts and clarifying information in the child's native language. Students pursuing the bilingual certificate must be proficient in Spanish.



For more information, please visit the ESL Supplemental Certification Program website, the Bilingual Supplemental Certification Program website, or contact the department using the information below.

Contact Information 

ESL Certification and Bilingual Certification Programs
SFASU P.O. Box 13017
Nacogdoches, TX 75962
Phone: (936) 468-2904
E-mail: elementaryed@sfasu.edu

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