Certificate in Adult English as a Second/Foreign Language

Certificate Program

The certificate in adult English as a second/foreign language is designed for individuals who desire to teach, design, and coordinate English as a second/foreign language (ESL or EFL) education programs for adults in community colleges, study abroad programs, and profit and not-for-profit institutions offering adult ESL/EFL instruction. Objectives for the certificate include preparing instructors through:

  • Studying and discussing research related to contemporary adult ESL/EFL learning practices,
  • Exploring theoretical perspectives supporting innovative adult ESL/EFL methodologies and approaches to assessing/testing adult students' language learning,
  • Articulating the relationships and connections between assessment/testing of student performance and program evaluation,
  • Designing activities that support and enhance inclusive adult ESL/EFL learning environments that cultivate respect for different cultural and linguistic backgrounds,
  • Designing activities and materials to teach listening, speaking, reading, and writing to adult ESL/EFL students, keeping in mind integration of language skills, and
  • Making informed/appropriate decisions when choosing textbooks, teaching materials, and assessment/evaluation methods congruent with program and student needs.

Application Requirements

The items listed below are required for admission consideration for applicable semesters of entry during the 2017-2018 academic year. Submission instructions, additional details, and changes to admission requirements for semesters other than the 2017-2018 academic year can be found on the program’s web page. International students should review the International Admission Documents section of the catalog for additional requirements.

  • completed online ApplyTexas application
  • $10 nonrefundable application fee
  • $50 nonrefundable international evaluation fee (if applicable)
  • baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university
  • official transcripts required from each institution where course credit was granted
  • minimum 2.5 GPA in your last 60 hours of undergraduate course work 
  • minimum 3.0 GPA in all completed graduate course work (if applicable)
  • GRE scores not required
  • resume/CV
  • statement of purpose
  • two letters of recommendation 


Non-native English speakers who do not qualify for an English proficiency waiver:

  • official TOEFL iBT scores required with a 78 overall and minimum individual module scores of 19
  • official IELTS (academic) scores required with a 6.5 overall and
    • minimum individual module scores of 6.0

If you do not meet the scores above, you may qualify for English-based conditional admission if you meet the minimum scores below:

  • official TOEFL iBT scores required with a 59 overall and minimum individual module scores of 14
  • official IELTS (academic) scores required with a 5.5 overall and
    • minimum individual module scores of 5.5

Course Requirements

Year 1
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHoursThird SemesterHours
ADED 53403ADED 53443ADED 53393
ADED 73423ADED 53383ADED 5384 or 53373
 6 6 6
Total Hours: 18