This new four-course certificate program is for people who are interested in teaching adult English Language Learners (ELLs); are currently teaching adult ELLs and want to improve their skills and become more marketable; or for instructors from other content areas who would like to better serve the adult ELLs in their classes. You will be taught how to incorporate dynamic and interactive teaching methods into your lesson plans, how adults acquire a second or other language, the characteristics of English language learners in the U.S., and teaching best practices.

All four courses are blended and include face-to-face as well as online components. You should plan to spend approximately 6 hours per week on assignments. Each course’s assignments may include readings, research, essays, group projects, classroom observations, and practice teaching in an ESL class at PGCC.


Students who successfully complete the following courses will be eligible to receive the certificate:

  • ESL 392 Getting Started in ESL (*must be taken first in the sequence)
  • ESL 643 Evidence-Based Best Practices for Teaching ESL
  • ESL 391 Second Language Acquisition
  • ESL 628 Know Your English Language Learners

The tuition rate for each class is $195. 

Contact Information

Jessica Turner

Phone: (301) 546-8449