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Graduate Advanced Teaching Certification

The Advanced Certification program is for certified K-12 teachers who wish to add an ELL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) endorsement to an existing teaching certificate. The courses in the ELL Advanced Certification program provide students with knowledge of advanced principles of learning and teaching a second language as well as practical applications of those principles in classroom teaching


Admission Requirements

The applicant seeking admission to the program must:

  • Attend a personal interview;

  • Have a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution;

  • Complete all parts of the application, including writing sample;

  • Submit recommendation form or one letter of recommendation;

  • Submit an official transcript indicating degree(s) earned and transcripts of graduate work from other institutions;

  • Have a grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale;

  • Students whose primary language is not English are required to submit official score reports of the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) exam. The examination results should not be more than two years old. The minimum TOEFL score required is 580 on the written test, 237 on the computer-based test, or 92 on the internet-based test. The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam scores may be submitted in lieu of the TOEFL. The minimum IELTS exam score required for admission is an overall score of 7.5 with no individual band score below 6.0.