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English to Speakers of Other Languages

(12 Credit Hours)

English to speakers of other languages

The Graduate School of the College of Charleston offers two certificate programs in this field:

Certificate I gives new ESOL teachers a solid foundation with which to enter the classroom.*

Certificate II builds upon that foundation.

* South Carolina public school teachers must already be certified in another content area in order to add on ESOL licensure. No such requirement is needed for teaching overseas, or for teaching adults.

Admissions Criteria

  • Application to the Graduate School as an ESOL certificate graduate applicant.
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended, including documentation of graduation from an accredited four-year college or university.
  • Undergraduate GPA of 2.5 or higher.

Endorsement Requirements

To receive add-on endorsement from the South Carolina Department of Education and to be able to teach in K-12 public schools, candidates must already have initial teaching certificate/licensure and one of the following:

  • six semester hours of courses in a single second language; or
  • completion of intensive language training by the Peace Corps, the Foreign Service Institute or the Defense Language Institute; or
  • placement in a third-year-level course in the foreign language department at an accredited college or university; or
  • demonstration of second-language proficiency (in a language that is unavailable at accredited institutions) through verification in writing from an official designated by the State Department of Education.

For more information on add-on endorsement/certification in ESOL, visit


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Application Deadlines

  • Fall: March 1, Priority; July 1, Final
  • Spring: November 1
  • Summer: March 1

Contact Information

Emily Beck
interim program director