Designed for students in almost any program throughout the university, the Certificate in English Language Teaching, offered by the Department of Teaching and Learning, equips participants with a foundational understanding of language structure and development and strategies for teaching and working with English language learners beyond the K-12 classroom (in the U.S.).1 Grounded in a socio-cultural perspective, the program provides first-hand practical experience to build language teaching skills, including lesson planning/delivery, curriculum development, and assessment. Upon completion, students will find themselves knowledgeable of the cultural, social, and political complexities of language education, learning and use, and be able to skillfully draw on this awareness in a broad range of international, professional, and teaching contexts. This program is ideal for those who want to develop a solid foundation for teaching English to non-native speakers.


This certificate does not lead to Pennsylvania Department of Education teacher certification; it is not intended for teacher education students. Students enrolled in teacher education majors (programs) are advised to enroll in courses that lead to Pennsylvania Department of Education certification in Teaching English (ESL) K-12. Students enrolled in a teacher education program leading towards Pennsylvania Instructional I certification (and those who currently hold this certification) should contact College of Education and Human Development advising at edadvising@temple.edu for information on courses toward Teaching English K-12 (ESL).

Campus Location: Main, Online

Program Code: ED-ELTC-CERT

Contact Information

Undergraduate Advising, College of Education and Human Development

Elvis Wagner, Program Coordinator

Learn more about the undergraduate certificate in English Language Teaching.


Number of Didactic Credits Required to Complete the Certificate: 12

TESL 4442Strategies for Teaching English as an Additional Language3
TESL 4443Teaching English World-Wide3
TESL 4444English Language Teaching: Curriculum and Assessment3
EDUC 4441Discourse Practices in Diverse Communities3
or TESL 3613 Understanding Multilingual Students' Language and Literacy Development
Total Credit Hours12