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Graduate Certificate in Adult English as Second/Foreign Language

Educating for Communicating in the 21st Century


The Graduate Certificate in Adult English as a Second/Foreign Language is designed for individuals who desire to teach, design, and coordinate English as second language (ESL) or English as foreign language (EFL) education programs for adults in community colleges, study abroad programs, and profit/not-for profit institutions offering adult ESL/EFL instruction.

Students enrolled in the graduate certificate program will be encouraged to focus their academic work on issues connected to the field of adult ESL/EFL and their professional goals and aspirations. Course projects and the practicum will provide opportunities for students to network, get updated in the profession, and develop the skills to become more effective practitioners. 
The certificate will prepare instructors through:
  • Studying and discussing research related to contemporary adult ESL/EFL learning practices
  • Exploring theoretical perspectives supporting innovative adult ESL/EFL methodologies and approaches to assessing/testing adult students language learning
  • Articulating the relationships and connections between assessment/testing of student performance and program evaluation
  • Designing activities that support and enhance inclusive adult ESL/EFL learning environments that cultivate respect for different cultural and linguistic backgrounds
  • Designing activities and materials to teach listening, speaking, reading, writing, and culture to adult ESL/EFL students keeping in mind integration of language skills
  • Making informed/appropriate decisions when choosing textbooks, teaching materials, and assessment/evaluation methods congruent with program/student needs


Required Courses for the Graduate Certificate in Adult ESL/EFL

ADED 5340
Adult Second Language Acquisition
ADED 7342
Adult English as a Second Language Methods and Materials
ADED 5344
Multicultural Perspectives in Postsecondary Education and Adult Education
ADED 5338
Applied Linguistics for ESL Teachers of Adults
 ADED 5339
 Adult Literacy ESL Assessment and Evaluation
ADED 5384 or ADED 5337
Internship in Adult Education or Adult Literacy Depending on (adult English teaching) experience level

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the proposed certificate will be required to meet the following criteria:
  • Admission to Graduate College and Certificate Program
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a minimum 2.75 GPA on last 60 hours
The application packet will consist of the following materials:
  • TOFEL score for international students: An overall score of at least 78 on the Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and a minimum score of 19 for each section
  • Certificate application form (Apply Texas)
  • Letter of interest
  • Official transcripts from all previous university/undergraduate work
  • Resume or Curriculum vita
  • Two letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the applicant’s professional work, including at least one supervisor

For more information contact:

Clarena Larrotta, PhD.
Associate Professor and Coordinator
Adult Education Master's Program
Graduate Certificate in ESL/EFL
Texas State University