M.A.CT. - English as a Second Lang. (ESL) Certification


The field of teaching English to speakers of other languages requires highly specialized training. The primary focus of Fairleigh Dickinson University’s English as a Second Language Specialist Certification Program is on the language and culture of the United States and effective second language methodology.

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 18 credits required for a second New Jersey certification as Teacher of ESL.

At the end of the English as a Second Language Specialist Program, teachers will have completed courses having:

  • A focus on second-language acquisition, research and methodology, addressing the diverse needs of students, first- and second-language acquisition and development of literacy skills for second-language learners; and
  • A concentration on curriculum development and authentic assessment practices aligned with the NJCCCS, WIDA and Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Standards.

The New Jersey Department of Education requires a demonstration of oral and written language proficiency in English for ESL certification.  Students meet this requirement by taking the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) and the Writing Proficiency Test (WPT) in English through Language Testing International at http://www.languagetesting.com/acad_nj1.cfm.

Special Tuition Reduction for Teachers!!

M.A. in Education Required Core Courses  (18 credits)

EDUC6702     Curriculum and Instruction: Theory and Practice
EDUC6703     Supervision of Instruction & Personnel Evaluation
EDUC6718     Curriculum/Program Evaluation and Student Assessment
EDUC6704     Change: Curriculum Development & Program Improvement
EDUC7674     Master’s Seminar: Research in Specialization
Approved Elective

Required Courses for Second New Jersey Certification in ESL  (18 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
EDUC6584     Computers as a Teacher's Aid: Curriculum & Instruction

Total credits (36 credits)

Admission Requirements

All candidates who wish to be considered for admission must meet the following criteria:

  • Evidence of a standard New Jersey teaching certificate.
  • Transcripts with a minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA.
  • Two letters of recommendation.