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  • English as a Second Language (ESL) endorsements

    Monmouth’s graduate ESL endorsements teach you various second-language acquisition theories and methods of instruction, including Communicative Language Teaching. With that understanding of how people acquire language, you will be able to discern the best teaching methods for various situations, as well as to develop a sound curricula and resources to help students achieve their learning goals. Programs include:

    • English as a Second Language Endorsement (ESL) - for certified teachers
    • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) certification - for non-certified teachers
    • CAES - Chinese Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing
    • Bilingual/Bicultural endorsement

    Monmouth University’s English as a Second Language (ESL) endorsements help you enhance your education and marketability through rich fieldwork and clinical experiences. Courses are taught by our distinguished faculty in online and hybrid formats. You may also choose to apply credits in our ESL endorsement program toward our full 30-credit Master in Education.

    After completing the 18-credit ESL or TESOL endorsement, a student can add four classes, or 12 credits, to fulfill the MEd degree requirement. Those classes are: EDL 536 - Curriculum and Design; ED 586 - Bilingual Education; EDL 525 - Multicultural Assessment; and EDL 515 - Advanced Literacy Instruction.


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  • Increasing Opportunity

    With the dramatic increase in enrollment of English language-learners in the United States, there is a great need for well-prepared ESL teachers! Our endorsements and certificate programs are a valuable addition to a teacher's knowledge-base and marketability.

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  • Program Application Requirements

    To be considered for admission, students must submit an application to Monmouth University along with a $50 application fee, and provide the following:


    • Possession of a baccalaureate degree with a satisfactory overall GPA per state requirements (see Web site for details) and a minimum 3.0 GPA in the undergraduate major.
    • Hold a Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing (CEAS), provisional, or standard NJ instructional certificate. If applicant is not a certified teacher, the applicant must hold an NJ Certificate of Eligibility (CE) ESL and be employed in an ESL position requiring certification.
    • Note: May be pursued by those enrolled in Monmouth University's Initial Teaching Certification Program (MAT), or as a stand alone endorsement, or within the MEd program.


    • A degree in a K-12 school curriculum content area
    • Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing, or a Standard NJ instructional certificate, or a Certificate of Eligibility with a teaching position in an ESL/Bilingual setting.
    • A passing score for nationally recognized text of oral and written proficiency in both English and the target language.
    • The completion of the following course requirement as an added part of an initial certification program: Language and Linguistics: ED536 (3.0 credits), Theories and Practice of ESL Instruction I: ED583 (3.0 credits), Theories and Practice of ESL Instruction II: ED584 (3.0 credits), Bilingual Education: Theories and Practices: ED586 (3.0 credits).


    • A minimum of 30 credits in Chinese, which may include the art, culture, economics, history, and/or literature of China.
    • See MAT requirements.