Stephen F. Austin State University

ESL

ESL - English as a Second Language Supplemental Certification

In addition to any program you may be enrolled in, you may wish to obtain a supplemental certificate (the supplemental is added to your current Texas teaching certification) for teaching children whose native language is not English. You are not required to learn a foreign language because you may have children in your class representing a dozen different languages.

English language learners (ELLs), also referred to as children with limited English proficiency (LEP), have special needs. The supplemental certification courses are designed to teach you how to help them increase their English proficiency. They also feature teaching methods and techniques that will aid these children in content areas. ESL courses provide the necessary modifications to curriculum that ensure student success and provide a platform for developing a deep understanding of cultural realities that affect learning and everyday life.

Undergraduate students CANNOT take these courses as electives. These course hours do not count toward hours needed for undergraduate students to graduate.

Graduate students may take these courses as electives if part of a master's degree plan (Standard Elementary, Professional Reading Specialist).

The courses required for this certification are offered online. The courses, offered ONLY during the summer sessions, must be taken in sequence.

ESL Supplemental Certification - Overlap or Graduate Level Only (12-Hour Requirement)

Note: You take the capstone exam during your last semester of coursework.

You must pass the TExES ESL supplemental exam to earn certificate.

When you have met all required department prerequisites for the TExES certification exams, SFA staff members help with registration procedures and plan appropriate reviews for the certificate student. For more information about the TExES certification exams, please contact:

Office of Assessment, Education Studies
Ms. Karla Hamilton - 936.468.1821

Course Prerequisites

Admission to Educator Certification

Admission to Educator Certification requires a 2.75 GPA. You must be either admitted as an undergraduate (overlap student) OR as a graduate student to enroll in the ESL supplemental certification courses.

Apply online to the SFA Graduate School.

Seeking certification but not a graduate degree?

Graduate students not seeking a master's degree need to do the following:

For ESL supplemental certification: (12 hours)

ESL Supplemental Certification FAQs

Can the coursework required for the supplemental certificate be taken as electives by undergraduates?
Undergraduate students CANNOT take these courses as electives. These course hours do not count toward hours needed for undergraduate students to graduate. Overlap courses count only for graduate credit and will apply to an ESL supplemental certification and/or a master's degree.
Are undergraduates eligible to take the ESL courses?
Undergraduates may apply for "overlap" status and pursue a limited amount of graduate study concurrently with undergraduate study. Certain requirements apply.
What are the benefits of earning an ESL supplemental certification?

Cultural and language diversity is increasing in schools throughout the nation. You will become highly marketable throughout Texas and the rest of the nation when you earn the ESL supplemental certificate. Many school districts provide tuition reimbursement or stipends to their employees who are ESL certified.

Note: Students are required to work with English language learners as part of the coursework requirements.

What role does the ESL certified teacher serve in the classroom?
Public schools are serving growing numbers of students whose primary language is not English. The ESL certified teacher has the knowledge of methods and techniques for teaching that will aid English language learners in the content areas. Teachers provide the necessary modifications to the curriculum that ensure student success and provide a platform for developing a deep understanding of cultural realities that affect learning and the everyday life of the English language learner.
How will SFA offer the ESL supplemental certification program?

SFA offers the ESL certification program during the summer semesters. Two courses are offered in Summer I (ELED 5342, ELED 5340) and two courses in Summer II (ELED 5343, 5341). All courses are offered online. Note: A capstone exam is given in ELED 5341. You must make arrangements with the Office of Assessment in the Department of Education Studies to take the exam on the SFA campus toward the end of Summer II.

Contact: Ms. Karla Hamilton - 936.468.1821

What are the required courses?

All required courses are offered online.

  • ELED 5342 Language Acquisition for ESL/Bilingual
  • ELED 5340 Foundations of ESL/Bilingual
  • ELED 5343 ESL/Bilingual Assessment
  • ELED 5341 ESL/Bilingual Teaching Methods
Are students seeking ESL supplemental certification required to work with English language learners for required coursework?
Yes. Coursework is designed to teach you techniques and procedures for teaching English language learners. You will be required to implement curriculum developed during the course with these children. Children must be age 10 or older and have some reading skills in the native language and/or English.
Is the ESL supplemental certification program a master's degree program?
No, but the ESL courses offered by SFA can be applied toward a master's degree program in elementary education (Standard Elementary, Professional Reading Specialist).
Whom can I contact before registering for the ESL courses?

Dr. Susan Casey
caseys1@sfasu.edu