Online Graduate Certificate
English as a New Language

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Overview of the Online Certificate in English as a New Language

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 15 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.

You’ll Learn To…

  • Articulate the progress of language acquisition and development and the role this process plays in students' educational.
  • Recognize that students' primary culture plays a crucial role in their adaptation to school.
  • Facilitate instruction by creating a supportive environment and implementing the appropriate activities that promote English language learners.
  • Analyze formal assessments and informal assessment strategies that include methods to promote learner development.
  • Build partnerships and serve as experts to support students, colleagues, and other stakeholders to benefit CLD/ENL.
  • Apply Christ-like leadership by modeling personal integrity, communication skills, cultural responsiveness, and ethical/legal decision-making.

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15 Total
$470/ Credit Hour *

Applicable fees for resources and services will be assessed throughout the program. Tuition and fees for prerequisites and required elective courses are in addition to the charges shown on the program cost sheet. Your tuition rate will remain the same as long as you remain continuously enrolled in the same program. Cost sheets may be requested from an enrollment counselor by calling 866.498.4968 or emailing


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


Here is the list of courses required to complete the program. Full course descriptions may be viewed by clicking on the course titles. For further information, feel free to contact us.

5 Core Courses

These courses contain the program-specific knowledge. Upon completion, you should have the tools to conquer your new career with confidence.



Click on each section to expand the different requirements for this program. If you have any questions about the admissions process, feel free to contact one of our admissions representatives at 1-866-498-4968.

  • Submit a signed FERPA Release form.
  • 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. Transcripts from foreign institutions may need to be sent to an outside agency for evaluation and determination of transferable credits, degrees, and GPA. If this outside review is necessary, students are responsible for the initiation of this evaluation and for any fees incurred during the process.
  • 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.
  • Supporting documentation demonstrating access to students with ENL needs to complete clinical experiences in a P-12 classroom.
  • Licensure candidates need:
    • A valid (but not necessarily current) state teacher’s license.
    • 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.
  • Non-Licensure candidates need:
    • Be currently employed in or have access to a P-12 public or non-public school or international school.

    • Be currently employed in or have access to a P-12 public or non-public school or international school.

Completion Requirements
  • Successfully complete the program requirements.
  • Possess a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above in all graduate work and a minimum grade of "B-" in each course.
  • Payment of all tuition and fees is required to receive a certificate.
  • Provide evidence of a passing score for the required Indiana licensure exam. (Licensure only)
Clinical Experience Requirements
  • Clinical or field experiences are required.
  • Candidates may complete field experience within their own classroom or school.
  • Candidates who wish to be recommended for the Indiana license endorsement for English as a New Language must satisfy all completion requirements and receive a passing score on the required Indiana state English Learner assessment.


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


Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC),, 312-263-0456. Other accreditations and associations of Indiana Wesleyan University are available at

Education programs at Indiana Wesleyan University are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), 1140 19th Street, Suite 400, Washington, D.C. 20036, 202-223-0077.

*Effective 07-01-2021 through 06-30-2022