Multilingual Learners

(15 Credit Hours)

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The Graduate School of the College of Charleston offers a Graduate Certificate in Multilingual Learners (previously ESOL) to provide teachers the advanced training to successfully educate multilingual learners and foster an inclusive and instructional environment. Our program better prepares graduates to work with English learners here and abroad.

The Certificate attracts both practicing teachers as well as individuals who want to work in other areas, such as non-profit organizations, businesses or those who expect to work or teach abroad. This certificate constitutes evidence of a body of knowledge in the field of multilingual learner education (previously ESOL instruction). Completion of this Certificate provides a solid foundation for beginning teachers, whether they teach in public or private schools, work as volunteers with children and/or adults or work within the business sector. Courses give students a strong underpinning in the theories and methodologies necessary for teaching English to multilingual learners.

* This program fulfills the South Carolina state requirements for add-on multilingual learner certification by coursework.

Admissions Criteria

  • Application to the Graduate School as a Multilingual Learner Graduate Certificate 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.
  • The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required.


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Application Deadlines

Final: July 1

Final: April 1

Final: December 1

Contact Information

Katharine Hargrave
Multilingual Learners Graduate Certificate program director