Fairleigh Dickinson’s ESL Specialist Certification Program for certified teachers provides an 18-credit concentration that may be applied toward a 36-credit M.A. in education for certified teachers and includes the 15 credits required for a second New Jersey certification as a Teacher of ESL.

The New Jersey Department of Education requires a demonstration of oral and written language proficiency in English for ESL certification.  Candidates meet this requirement by taking the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) and the Writing Proficiency Test (WPT) in English through Language Testing International.

Degree Plan

Required Courses for a second New Jersey Certification in ESL (15 credits)

  • EDUC6565     Second Language Acquisition: Methodology and Curriculum
  • EDUC6631     Assessment in the Second-language Classroom
  • EDUC6574     Applied Linguistics for Language Teachers
  • EDUC6654     Literacy Development for Second Language Learners
  • EDUC6661     Behavioral Science for Teachers: The Multicultural Classroom

CORE Courses for MACT (12 credits)

  • EDUC6702     Curriculum and Instruction: Theory and Practice
  • EDUC6703     Supervision of Instruction & Personnel Evaluation
  • EDUC6704     Curriculum/Program Evaluation and Student Assessment
  • EDUC6718     Change: Curriculum Development & Program Improvement

Additional Coursework for the M.A. Degree (9 credits)

  • EDUC6740 Introduction to Students with Disabilities and Autistic Spectrum Disorders
  • EDUCXXXX    Approved Elective (see note)
  • EDUCXXXX    Approved Elective  (see note)

Note:  for additional Bilingual Certification, candidates may add

  • EDUC6550 Methodology in Bilingual/Bicultural Education
  • EDUC6551 Language Acquisition in Bilingual/Bicultural Contexts

Course Descriptions