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2018 ACE Catalog - Volume 14 
2018 ACE Catalog - Volume 14 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Teaching English Learners Certificate

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Certificate Description

Teachers of English Learners (EL) are expected to have a broad and comprehensive understanding of the knowledge and skills needed for this educator license, and to use that knowledge to help students prepare for the challenges and opportunities of the twenty-first century. This requires the ability to identify, comprehend, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate the basic principles, fundamental concepts, and essential content defined in these standards, and to apply that knowledge to the tasks of planning and delivering effective instruction and assessment.

Certificate Outcomes

  1. Design and implement appropriate curriculum and instructional practices to enhance knowledge and awareness of language development and acquisition, cultural factors, ethics, and linguistic diversity issues. (I, III)
  2. Apply knowledge of linguistics and language acquisition and development to develop relevant curriculum and foster appropriate instructional practices and assessment to teach English Learners. (VI)
  3. Employ academic theories, standards and frameworks to direct the selection and integration of content and research-based instructional strategies to support learning English within a discipline. (II)
  4. Promote the development of language acquisition skills by utilizing assessment instruments, critically evaluated materials, and targeting specific learning outcomes. (I)
  5. Establish a culturally relevant environment by incorporating evidenced-based instructional practices and resources, materials and technology and through the influence of social interaction. (VI)
  6. Construct a framework for establishing and maintaining partnerships between the school, family, and community by advocating for academic and social growth for English learners within civic and global settings. (IV, V, VII)

Course Sequence (16 Semester Credits)


  • The certificate in Teaching English Learners is approved by the Indiana Department of Education for the addition of the English Learners content area to one’s existing Indiana teaching license. The addition of English learners content to one’s existing Indiana teaching license requires coursework and testing. Indiana allows the addition of certain content areas to one’s existing Indiana license by taking and passing a Pearson CORE content test. 
  • Students are solely responsible for determining whether they are eligible for the addition of content areas to their initial licensure in the state in which they intend to teach. It is vitally important that students know before enrolling and be continually aware of their own state licensure and addition of content area requirements.
  • Check availability in your state on the Programs by State section of the ACE website [http://www.ace.edu/admissions/programs-by-state].

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