In an increasingly interconnected and global business environment, the demand for English As a Foreign Language (EFL) and English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers is growing rapidly. Since 2002, there has been a 300-percent increase in demand for EFL teachers in countries such as China, Taiwan, and South Korea. Meanwhile, in the United States, there are more than 5 million students who need help learning English.
Now, you can earn a graduate-level certificate in the specialty of EFL/ESL instruction. This 12-credit hour program is designed for both new and experienced teachers. You can choose between the EFL/ESL Teaching Program, designed for students who wish to teach EFL/ESL students, or the EFL/ESL Teacher Trainer Program, for students who want to train future EFL/ESL teachers.
If you choose to pursue a master’s degree in Literacy, Culture, and Language Education, your certificate course work may apply to your degree requirements.
Please note that if you are a current Master's degree student and hope to graduate with the EPDE certificate, you should have applied for the EPDE and complete its four courses before you graduate. Once a student graduates with a Master's degree, any courses used for that degree cannot be used toward the certificate. Likewise, if you are a doctoral student, you should apply and take all four EPDE courses before you graduate. As a doctoral student, all courses used in your Master's program cannot be used toward the EPDE certificate.
- EFL/ESL Teaching Program Program of Study Form
- Course Substitution Form
- Submit your application for graduation online
- Read the EPDE Newsletter