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Online Early Childhood Bilingual/ESL Certificate Program

Prepare for a career working with children learning English or are Bilingual.

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Be Prepared for Linguistically Diverse Classrooms

Learn how to effectively support young children’s language development, including those whose first language is not English.

Don’t have proficiency in a language other than English? The English as a Second Language (ESL) endorsement prepares you to instruct new language learners in English.

Have a second language proficiency? The Bilingual endorsement prepares you to instruct young children in that language as well as English.

Join a Rapidly Growing Area of Early Childhood Education

18 Credit Hours

16 Months

Fall Term Start



Expand Your Teaching Possibilities with Valuable Language Skills

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Early Child Focus

One of the few programs in the nation focused solely on children from birth to second grade.

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Multilingual Classroom Growth

More states are now requiring bilingual and/or ESL approval to teach in multilingual classrooms.

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Reflective Practice Seminar

Get ideas to implement in your classroom immediately through discussion and examination with peers and a faculty mentor through during two semesters.

Am I A Good Candidate for the Early Childhood Bilingual/ESL Certificate Online Program?

Our program is well-suited for early childhood and early elementary educators working in a variety of settings and roles:

  • Preschools
  • Early child care programs
  • Public schools
  • Private and charter schools
  • Social service agencies
  • Curriculum coordinator

Explore a few of the Certificate Courses

See all the ESL certificate courses

Language Development in New Language Learners
This course develops students’ understanding of language development in the first eight years of life and the principles that govern the process.
Emergent Literacy with New Language Learners
The course will focus on the role of parents and teachers in promoting literacy development in early childhood classrooms, the relationship between oral and written language, and the role of high quality multicultural literature and story telling in emergent literacy.
Methods and Materials for Teaching New Language Learners 1
This course will allow in-service teachers currently working with language minority students to consider the theoretical underpinnings and pedagogical rationale for a variety of teaching methods used to support successful learning for young English learners, and to incorporate them into the practice of their own early childhood classroom.
Luisiana Melendez
Luisiana Melendez
PhD, Director, Bilingual/ESL Certificate Program
“The biggest thing teachers and administrators need to understand is the better a child learns her or his first language, the better she or he will learn their second language.”
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Look Into Erikson’s Robust Financial Support & Scholarship Options

With dozens of scholarships and financial aid opportunities, our team is here to help you make your graduate education more affordable.

Based on your unique professional goals, we can help you understand tuition and expenses, and identify possible financial support opportunities.

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Applications received March 15th receive primary consideration for scholarship awards.