English as a Second Language Certificate of Graduate Study (COGS)

About the Program

Upon successful completion of the ESL Certificate of Graduate Study program students become eligible for state certification which allows them to teach English to non-English speaking students. ESL teachers help students from a wide range of language and cultural backgrounds living and working in primarily English speaking environments to speak, listen, read, and write in English. The ESL program at Rowan University is recognized by TESOL/NCATE, a national accreditation body for ESL teacher education programs in the United States.

Teachers in the state of New Jersey may apply to the ESL program through the New Jersey Teacher Outreach Program (NJTOP). For more information including NJTOP tuition rates click here.


Program Code: .CCCOG-ESL / Major Code: G604

This program requires the completion of 16–21 graduate semester hours or 6 courses. Specific objectives for this program include:

  • The development of multifaceted understandings of the unique needs, challenges, and experiences of English Language Learner (ELL) students in order to advocate for their success.
  • The development of lesson and unit plans that integrate language and content for ELL students at various levels of English proficiency.
  • The ability to instruct ELL students using cutting-edge, research-based teaching methods.

Coursework (Program Semester Hours: 16–21)

The courses listed here are not official and are subject to change. For an official list of available courses please visit the CGCE section tally.

Course Number Course Title Semester Hours
Required Courses (16–21 s.h.)
BLED 40510 Issues of Language and Cultural Diversity in ESL/Bilingual Programs 3
BLED 40512 Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition for Teaching Languages 3
BLED 40520 Planning, Teaching and Assessment in ESL 3
BLED 40515 Language, Culture, and Communication 3
BLED 40522 Integrating Language and Content in ESL/ Bilingual Education 3
BLED 40523* Practicum in Teaching ESL (co-requisite with 40522) 1
or BLED 40524** Clinical Internship in ESL (co-requisite with 40522) 6

Admissions Requirements

The following is a list of items required to begin the application process for this program. There may be additional action or materials required for admission to the program. Upon receipt of the materials below a representative from the CGCE Admissions Processing Office will contact you with confirmation or indicating any missing items.

  • CGCE Graduate Application Form (Download the PDF or click here to apply online)
  • $65 (U.S.) non-refundable application fee
  • Bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) from an accredited institution of higher learning
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended (regardless of number of credits earned)
  • Current professional resume
  • Typewritten statement of professional objectives
  • Two letters of recommendation:
    • One letter from an individual familiar with your academic work
    • One should be from someone who can speak to your potential for teaching ESL
  • While teaching certification is not required, we ask that you include copies of any current NJ state teaching certificates you may have as this is necessary to determine final registration plans.

Start Dates & Application Deadlines

Below is a list of anticipated start dates. The start dates indicated are based on the university calendar or the CGCE schedule. Your actual first day of class will depend on the course sequence which will be provided by a CGCE Enrollment Advisor once you have matriculated in the program.

Entry Term & Module Start Date(s) Application Deadline(s)

Tuition & Costs

$700 per semester hour
(this rate applies to academic year 2013/2014 and is subject to change)

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