Transition to Teaching English as a New Language Graduate Certificate

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Overview of the Transition to Teaching English as a New Language Graduate Certificate

Explore the possibilities in building cultural connections through the power of language.

Candidates enrolled in IWU’s English as a New Language graduate certificate program will earn Indiana licensure in grades P-12 for English Learners. They will learn to apply subject matter expertise, assessment knowledge, and differentiated instructional practices for rich learning environments in an English as a New Language (ENL) classroom.

The role of ENL educator is an opportunity to inspire students with diverse language backgrounds as they engage in the classroom. An educator can expand the horizons of a student through effective identification of cultural and linguistic needs to develop a culturally responsive learning plan with high standards for success. Empower students, families, and communities through language by earning this certificate and Indiana licensure.

The 24-credit hour program provides hands-on learning with field experience designed into each course. The final course, a 14-week student teaching experience, gives real-world experience in an ENL classroom. While pursuing this certificate through IWU candidates get online classes in BrightSpace LMS with classroom-based clinical experiences. Candidates also enjoy devotions, discussions, projects, reflections, and field assignments with doctoral credentialed faculty and the result for each candidate is licensure for grades P-12 English Learners in Indiana. 

While in class and in field experiences, candidates will learn to articulate the progress and demonstrate knowledge of language acquisition and development. Candidates will be able to describe school, district, and government policies and legislation to advocate for resources to support culturally and linguistically diverse language learners. They will also administer appropriate assessments and analyze data to make data-driven instructional decisions. Candidates will effectively consider the input of other educators, school personnel, and families to create and modify materials and resources. 

Candidates who successfully complete the program can become ENL educators earning a median national salary of $57,000 and the satisfaction of watching students grow to expand their horizons of possibility.

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24 Total
$449/ 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.

8 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.

  • Earned 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 with one of the following:
    • GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 point scale from an institution of higher education, or
    • GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 point scale from an institution of higher education and five (5) years of professional experience in an education related field, or
    • Proof that the individual has passed the state-approved content area examinations.
  • A criminal history background check that meets School of Integrated Learning and Development guidelines.
  • Submit a signed FERPA Release Form.

NOTE: Applicants should be aware that Indiana State Legislation has mandated that expanded background checks are required for those working with students in Indiana schools. Applicants will also be required to adhere to any additional State Mandates required for educators. Though candidates will be required to submit an initial background check that is acceptable to the university as a part of their application materials, that successful background report will only serve to gain admittance to that academic program. School corporations are governed by a locally elected Board of Trustees who set policy for their school corporation. All accepted students should understand that additional background checks will most likely be required by school corporations before participating in clinical experiences.

  • To be eligible to be recommended for licensure a candidate must:
    • Complete all course requirements with a minimum GPA of 3.00 and no grade lower than a "B-."
    • Successfully complete all Clinical Experience requirements associated with the program.
    • Provide passing scores for all required state licensure content and pedagogy examinations.
    • Payment of all tuition and fees is required to receive a certificate.

Upon completion of the Transition to Teaching – English as a New Language program, candidates will be recommended for P-12 English Learners Licensure to Speakers of Other Languages teacher licensure in Indiana. Candidates seeking licensure in states other than Indiana bear the responsibility to determine whether completion of the IWU Transition to Teaching – English as a New Language program will meet the academic and assessment requirements of the state in which licensure is sought.


The Certificate in Transition to Teaching - English as a New Language at Indiana Wesleyan University has many convenient starts throughout the year. Listed below are the next available starts. If you don’t see a start that fits your schedule, connect with our enrollment team to see more future starts.


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 07-01-2023 through 06-30-2024