Considering an Online ESL Certification?

Western Governors University, the school below with the highest ranking, has proven itself as a leader in certifying students in ESL to become successful english as a second language instructors, ESL trainers, ESL teachers, ESL tutors, etc. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are currently 65,490 individuals employed as english language and literature teachers in America, and their average annual salary is $65,860. Adult literacy, remedial education, and GED teachers and instructors make on average $50,390 per year and there are about 68,430 of them employed today .

ESL Common Job Tasks
  • instructing english as a second language students
  • evaluating students and their progress
  • creating communication lines without a common language
Popular Journals & Magazines ESL Organizations

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Endorsement Prep. Program in ELL (PK-12)

Our online endorsement in education leadership program is a great way for those with master’s degrees to become a principal, vice principal, or associate principal. This program is designed for currently licensed teachers who desired to become licensed as a school principal. You will become a highly effective, instruction-based, certified principal.

California Teachers of English Learners Certificate

Graduate California Teachers Of English Learners Certificate This program is available only for individuals with a California teaching credential. It fulfills requirements for the Cross-cultural Language and Academic Development (CLAD) certificate. Consisting of four six-week courses, the curriculum has been designed around the Candidate Competency Standards set forth by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Learners enrolled in this program gain a depth of knowledge regarding current theories and research in the specialized instruction of English-language development. They will develop a foundation for understanding cultural differences among English learners-and how those differences relate to academic achievement in a culturally inclusive environment. Language structure and use, and first- and second-language development is investigated. Throughout the program, strategies for instruction and assessment of a linguistically diverse student body are addressed. For program disclosure information, click here. While widely available, not all programs are available in all locations or in both online and on-campus formats. Please check with a University Enrollment Representative.

ESL Programs by State & City

Top 20 US ESL Schools (campus and online)

Harvard University
Total Programs 113
Number of Subjects 76
Rank in USA 1st
Yale University
Total Programs 132
Number of Subjects 95
Rank in USA 2nd
Stanford University
Total Programs 126
Number of Subjects 95
Rank in USA 3rd
University of Pennsylvania
Total Programs 188
Number of Subjects 140
Rank in USA 5th
Princeton University
Total Programs 56
Number of Subjects 59
Rank in USA 8th
Brown University
Total Programs 135
Number of Subjects 88
Rank in USA 9th
University of Southern California
Total Programs 251
Number of Subjects 166
Rank in USA 10th
Northwestern University
Total Programs 197
Number of Subjects 139
Rank in USA 11th
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Total Programs 67
Number of Subjects 67
Rank in USA 12th
New York University
Total Programs 204
Number of Subjects 146
Rank in USA 13th
Dartmouth College
Total Programs 88
Number of Subjects 68
Rank in USA 14th
Duke University
Total Programs 77
Number of Subjects 76
Rank in USA 15th
Vanderbilt University
Total Programs 144
Number of Subjects 81
Rank in USA 17th
The University of Texas at Austin
Total Programs 169
Number of Subjects 141
Rank in USA 18th
University of California-San Diego
Total Programs 121
Number of Subjects 89
Rank in USA 22nd
Tufts University
Total Programs 120
Number of Subjects 95
Rank in USA 24th
Pomona College
Total Programs 61
Number of Subjects 56
Rank in USA 25th
University of Washington-Seattle Campus
Total Programs 243
Number of Subjects 168
Rank in USA 26th
Amherst College
Total Programs 50
Number of Subjects 46
Rank in USA 27th
Rice University
Total Programs 74
Number of Subjects 72
Rank in USA 28th