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Graduate Certification in ESL

English as a Second Language (ESL) Certification/Endorsement is for candidates who currently hold a standard teaching certificate.

Program Highlights

The ESL Program is 16 credits* consisting of:

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Applicants are required to:

  1. Submit an application
  2. Provide a copy of a New Jersey Standard Instructional Certificate or CEAS
  3. Provide an official transcript of documentation for an earned baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
  4. Have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  5. Have completed one course (3 credits) in world language at the graduate or undergraduate level
  6. Have a passing score on the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) and the Written Proficiency (WPT)
    The Oral Proficiency Interview is a 20-30 minute, one-on-one interview between the tester and examinee. The Written Proficiency Test is an on-demand test that measures your writing comprehension in a particular language. The test consists of two to five writing tasks. Contact the American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages for information at

* Transfer credits will not be accepted for the ESL Certification/Endorsement Program.


For additional program information, contact:

Dr. Joseph Ciccone
Program Chairperson
Educational Leadership Programs
(973) 290-4383

For admission information, contact:

Antonia Donofrio
Associate Director
Graduate and Continuing Studies
(973) 290-4191

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