The University of Maine at Farmington’s English Language Learners (ELL) Certificate is specifically designed to prepare teachers to work with Maine’s growing population of English language learners.

As Maine’s demographic landscape changes, serving the needs of a culturally and linguistically diverse population is a key element in the professional preparation of future educators. In Maine, as well as in other states, there is a growing demand for teachers with a deeper understanding of diversity in the classroom setting.

UMF’s 16-credit English Language Learners (ELL) Certificate enriches your knowledge and skills regarding English language learners and their families. While all UMF teacher education graduates are prepared to work with all learners and their families, the coursework included in the English Language Learners Certificate broadens your understanding and strengthens your experience in this area.

The English Language Learners Certificate enhances your primary endorsement in Early Childhood Education (K-3), Elementary Education, Secondary/Middle Education, or Special Education through courses designed to show you how to modify learning environments that support the diversity of linguistic, cultural, and social experiences that all students bring to the classroom.

Upon successful completion of the English Language Learners Certificate and the required Praxis II exam, you may apply to the state of Maine for the English as a Second Language Teacher Endorsement (660).

Field Experience

In addition to your on-campus coursework, an in-the-field practicum or student teaching experience in a classroom / school serving English language learners is expected.

What Courses Might You Take?

Not a major, not a minor, the new 16-credit English Language Learner Certificate is open to UMF students in teacher education programs. Depending on your teacher education program, you will take a subset of the courses below.

ENG 224 Teaching English as a Second Language
ENG 123 Grammar: A Linguistic Approach
EDU 420 Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment for English Language Learners
EDU 280 Diversity and Social Justice K-8
EDU 410 Teaching English Language Learners K-8
ECH 402 Diverse Programming in Early Childhood Environments
EDU 307 Teaching English Language Learners in Secondary/Middle Schools