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English as a New Language Certificate

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About the Program


The certificate in English as a New Language (ENL) is designed for licensed teachers who have a bachelor’s degree and at least one year of teaching experience, and who seek Indiana licensure in English as a New Language (P-12) or who seek training in working with English learners that is equivalent to that required for Indiana certification in English as a New Language (P-12).

The 18 credit-hour certificate in ENL identifies knowledge and skills based on current Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and World-class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) standards. The program helps to develop candidates to engage in inquiry, research, dialogue, team learning, reflection, problem-based learning, collaboration, and standards-based assessment from a comprehensive P-12 perspective. The certificate satisfies Indiana’s program of study for an ENL P-12 license addition. For licensure in Indiana, one or more courses may be used for inclusion in the Indiana EL Teacher of Record rubric. Clinical field experiences are required.

This program is a pathway for training for those who wish to take the Indiana ENL assessment. In addition, this program is open to candidates from all states and countries. This could include teachers and leaders in the following schools: International schools, ACSI schools both stateside and overseas, Charter schools, and Private schools. The certificate may also appeal to traditional public school teachers who only want license renewal or refresh or continuing education, but have no interest in additional licensure. Candidates are responsible for determining how the certificate could be applied towards professional development, advancement, or renewal, without additional licensing.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, candidates should be able to:

  1. Candidates articulate the progress of language acquisition and development and the role this process plays in students' educational experience.

  2. Candidates recognize that students' primary culture plays a crucial role in their adaptation to school.

  3. Candidates facilitate instruction by creating a supportive environment and implementing the appropriate activities that promote learning for English language learners.

  4. Candidates will analyze formal assessments and informal assessment strategies that include methods to promote learner development.

  5. Candidates build partnerships and serve as experts to support students, colleagues, and other stakeholders to benefit CLD/ENL students.

  6. Candidates analyze classroom research of teaching and learning to improve their instruction and assessment practices for CLD/ENL students.

  7. Candidates will apply Christ-like leadership by modeling personal integrity, communication skills, cultural responsiveness, and ethical legal decision-making.


Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), www.hlcommission.org, 312-263-0456. Other accreditations and associations of Indiana Wesleyan University are available at www.indwes.edu/about/iwu-profile/accreditation.

Graduate-level education programs at Indiana Wesleyan University are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), 1140 19th Street, Suite 400, Washington, D.C. 20036, 202-223-0077.

Not all programs are offered at all locations and some may only be available online.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Credit Hours Onsite Tuition Online Tuition
18 Total $470 / credit hour $470 / credit hour

*Effective July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2021.

The total cost of the program, including tuition, books, and fees, will be determined prior to your enrollment. The cost will be divided into several payments spread over the course of the program. Course textbooks will be shipped to you before each course begins. The cost of books increases for shipments outside of the 48 contiguous United States.

The total credit hours and per-credit-hour costs listed above are effective for the core program with specialization courses. For prerequisite or other required courses if applicable, students will need to pay for appropriate tuition, books, and any additional fees. Costs may change if you withdraw from the program and restart in a future program at a later date.

Payment Process

Payment Options: Your program representative will work closely with you to choose a payment option that best fits your needs. Your options may include Federal financial aid, company reimbursement tuition deferral, company direct-bill, self-pay, military benefits, etc.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available in the form of grants, loans, scholarships, veterans benefits, and even employer reimbursement.

For information about financial aid, call 800-621-8667, ext. 2516, visit our financial aid website, or email IWUfinaid@indwes.edu.

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Below is the list of courses required to complete the program. Course descriptions may be viewed by clicking on the course titles below.

Required Courses



Below are the lists of requirements for the English as a New Language Certificate. Click on each link to expand the requirements. If you have any questions about the admissions process, feel free to contact one of our admissions representatives at 1-866-498-4968.

Admission Requirements

The admission requirements for the Teaching Certificate Programs are as follows:

  1. A baccalaureate or graduate degree from a college or university that is accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by both the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) verified on original transcripts sent by the institution directly to Indiana Wesleyan University.

  2. An undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or higher from the baccalaureate degree granting institution at which at least a minimum of 30 hours was completed.

  3. Candidates need:

    • A valid (but not necessarily current) state teacher’s license, or a valid (but not necessarily current) temporary, standard, or professional teaching license/certificate from another recognized accreditation body (e.g., Association of Christian Schools International), or an official letter from a school administrator confirming employment as a teacher of record.

    • At least one year of teaching experience from an approved and accredited public, private, or parochial P-12 school in the United States or abroad.

    • Supporting documentation confirming access to a P-12 classroom.

Graduation Requirements

To successfully complete the English as a New Language (Non-Licensure) Certificate, candidates must:

  1. Successfully complete the program requirements.

  2. Possess a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above in all graduate work and a minimum grade of "B-" in each course.

  3. Ensure payment of all tuition and fees required to receive a certificate.

  4. Provide evidence of a passing score for the required Indiana licensure exam. (Licensure only)

Minimum Computer Requirements

Students are expected to possess a computer throughout the duration of their program. Student computers must be able to run a supported browser and handle additional plug-ins as identified by the Learning Management System (LMS) company. Students should be able to produce, send, and receive documents that are compatible within the two most recent offerings of Microsoft Office to complete most of the assignments. IWU will offer support to students on only these two offerings of office software. Computer and Internet connection may need to be fast enough in some courses to watch streaming videos, participate in live meetings, upload large files, install software, and listen to audio lectures. In addition to these minimum expectations, participation in a CAPS course or program may entail additional computing and/or technology requirements.

Start Dates

Below are the program locations, upcoming dates, and meeting times for the English as a New Language Certificate program. This list is updated regularly as new classes are added.