English as a Second Language COGS

About the Program


Upon successful completion of the English as a Second Language (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.


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Curriculum- Program Code: .COCOG-ESL / Major Code: G604


This is a part-time accelerated program requiring the completion of 6 graduate-level courses or 16–21 graduate semester hours (required semester hours depends upon possession of standard NJ teaching certificate). It is possible to complete this program in only 3–4 consecutive semesters. By taking one additional course and fulfilling additional testing requirements, ESL COGS students may be eligible for the Bilingual/Bicultural Endorsement. Credits earned may also be applied towards the Master of Education program. Specific objectives for the ESL Certificate of Graduate Study 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.

The following courses make up the English as a Second Language (ESL) of Graduate Study program. Each course is scheduled in 8 week modules with each week of work starting every Tuesday at 8:00 a.m. and ending every Monday at midnight eastern standard time. For an official list of available courses please visit the CGCE section tally. Click on the courses below to view available course descriptions.


Course Number Course Title Semester Hours
BLED 40510 Issues of Language and Cultural Diversity in ESL/Bilingual Programs 3
BLED 40512 Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition for Teaching Second Language 3
BLED 40520 Planning, Teaching and Assessment in ESL 3
BLED 40515 Language, Culture and Communication 3
BLED 40522 Integrating Language and Content in the ESL/Bilingual Education 3
BLED 40523* Practicum in Teaching ESL 1
BLED 40524* Clinical Internship in ESL (for those who are not certified teachers) 6
Total Semester Hours: 16–21

*BLED 40523 OR BLED 40524


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Admissions Requirements


The following is a list of items required to begin the application process for the ESL Certificate of Graduate Study 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.

  • Completed Graduate-level CGCE Application Form. Download the PDF or click here to apply online.
    • To apply through NJTOP, please click here.
  • $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
    • Statement should be between 1–2 single-spaced pages and answer the following questions: Why do you want to teach English as a Second Language? How do you plan to impact English Language Learners, the school, and the community as an ESL teacher?
  • 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 the official Recommendation Form is required, a letter from the recommender may be submitted
  • 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.

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Start Dates and Application Deadlines


Below is a list of English as a Second Language COGS 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)
Spring 2015 – Module 3 01/06/2015 11/01/2014
Spring 2015 – Module 4 03/03/2015 02/15/2015
Summer 2015 – Module 5 05/05/2015 04/01/2015
Summer 2015 – Module 6 06/30/2015 06/01/2015
Fall 2015 – Module 1 08/25/2015 08/01/2015


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Tuition and Costs


$707 per semester hour
(this rate applies to academic year 2014/2015 and is subject to change)


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


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