Graduate Certificate

English as a Second Language (Pre K-12)

College of Education, Health, & Human Sciences

Program Overview

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, offers an online Graduate Certificate in English as a Second Language (PreK-12) intended for those working as teachers and those working as professionals in other fields.

Credit Hours


Cost Per Credit Hour*

In-State $700

Out-of-State $775



Admission Terms

Fall, Spring

*Cost per credit hour is an estimate based on maintenance and university fees. Some programs may have additional course fees. Please contact your department for additional information on any related fees, and visit Tuition and Fees in Detail at One Stop.

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Gain the Skills to Light the Way in ESL Education

The English as a Second Language (PreK-12) Graduate Certificate can be tailored to serve a variety of educational career goals. For K-12 teachers licensed in areas other than English as a Second Language, this graduate certificate can be used towards earning an additional endorsement in English as a Second Language Education. For K-12 teachers licensed in English as a Second Language Education at the undergraduate level, non-licensed professionals who work in informal education settings, and others who engage in instructional opportunities with students who are acquiring a second language, this graduate certificate provides advanced coursework specifically designed to enhance capacities for designing equity-focused instruction.  

Featured Courses

The Graduate Certificate in English as a Second Language (PreK-12) requires the completion of the following courses: 

WLEL 586: Foundations of Bilingual Education: Language, Culture, & Politics

Examines the sociopolitical nature of language and culture, and focuses on critical understanding of intricate power relationships among race, ethnicity, identity, and social class and their impact on education of language minorities in the U.S.

WLEL 466: ESL Assessment & Evaluation

Highlights the implementation of authentic assessment, specifically, portfolio assessment for ESL students in K-12 settings. Focuses on designing appropriate tools for various assessment purposes. Specific types and different forms of assessment are examined based on their effectiveness and meaningfulness. Required for Tennessee (PreK-12) licensure. 

WLEL 556: English as a Second Language Practicum

Experiences designing, implementing and assessing English instruction to non-native English speakers. Course is required for ESL certification.

WLEL 489 Content-Based ESL Methods

Focuses on designing and implementing content-based ESL instruction to enhance English language learners’ academic achievement. Required for Tennessee (PreK-12) licensure.

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Ready to Make a Difference by Teaching English as a Second Language?