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  • English as a Second Language Endorsement, Bilingual/Bicultural Endorsement, & Chinese Endorsement

    English as Second Language (ESL)

    18 Credits

    With the dramatic increase in enrollment of English Language Learners in the United States, there is a great need for well-prepared ESL teachers!

    An ESL endorsement is a valuable addition to a teacher's knowledge base and marketability.

     The ESL Endorsement program is an 18-credit certification program designed for both the students who apply directly to MAT programs at Monmouth University and certified teaching practitioners who intend to seek such an endorsement as a stand-alone program. The program prepares teachers for both school or community-based ESL programs and K-12 classrooms with mainstreamed ESL students, and addresses both the NJ State requirement for ESL endorsement and the TESOL/NCATE Program Standards.

    You must be a certified teacher or hold a NJ Certificate of Eligibility (CE) ESL, and be employed in an ESL position requiring certification.

    See requirements for English as a Second Language Endorsement


    12 Credits

    The Bilingual/Bicultural Endorsement program intends to address the NJ State requirement for bilingual/bicultural endorsement. The five domains (linguistics, language acquisition, developing literacy skills for the second language learner, methods of teaching content in bilingual education, and theory and practice of teaching bilingual education) required by the NJ State will be addressed in a manner that utilizes collaborative effort from the expertise of different schools and departments. An addition of one course focusing on theory and practice of teaching bilingual education to the exiting ESL endorsement program will fulfill the State requirement for a bilingual/ bicultural endorsement program.

    See requirements for the Bilingual/Bicultural Endorsement Program

    General Structure of the Bilingual/Bicultural Endorsement Program


    1. A degree in a K-12 school curriculum content area;

    2. 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.

    3. A passing score for nationally recognized text of oral and written proficiency in both English and the target language;

    4. The completion of the following course requirement as an added part of an initial certification program:

    • Language and Linguistics: EN 563 (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)


    24 Credits

    The Chinese subject endorsement is a 24-credit non-degree program that leads to the New Jersey Teacher of Chinese Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing (CEAS). It is for candidates with a bachelor's degree who possess 30 credits or more in the Chinese language and culture. The program may be completed within 8 to 12 months for full-time students or longer period for part-time students.

    See requirements for Chinese Endorsement

    American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)

    Contact Information

    Chiu-Yin (Cathy) Wong:, 732-571-3652