Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students Certificate (Online)

Degree Requirements: 18 Credit Hours

Admission Requirements

  1. Completed requirements for a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution or the equivalent at a recognized international university.
  2. Teaching certification is not required for admission. A teaching certificate and/or professional experience working with historically underrepresented populations is strongly preferred.  This program will not certify candidates to teach in the state of Georgia.
  3. A 2.50 (4.0 scale) cumulative grade point average in undergraduate work.
  4. Submit a completed “Disclosure and Affirmation Form” that addresses misconduct disclosure, the Code of Ethics for Educators, and tort liability.
  5. Submit a personal statement of purpose, not to exceed 250 words, that identifies the applicant's career goals, professional aspirations, and experiences or goals for working with historically underrepresented populations .

Description of Certificate Program

This Georgia Southern University graduate certificate program is for teachers and administrators that hope to provide high-quality instructional experiences for culturally and linguistically diverse students. The course work includes a menu of reading and assignment options that allow teachers and administrators to select activities that are most relevant to their local teaching context. One unique aspect is the potential for several teachers from a site or district to engage in the coursework simultaneously and collaborate on capstone experiences. The coursework aligns with the TAPS standards and TKES assessment system for teachers in Georgia. The program of study includes the three course sequence that leads to an ESOL endorsement for Georgia certified teachers and administrators. Successful completion of the additional three courses will earn enrollees the Georgia Southern University Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students Graduate Certificate. (Note, however, completion of this program will not lead to teaching certification in Georgia.)

Program of Study

The Graduate Certificate program requires a total of 18 credit hours and is offered fully online.

Credit Hours
Understanding Diverse Students through Case Study
Multicultural Education
Foundations for Social Justice Education
Regional Issues In Multicultural Education
Cultural Diversity and ESOL/TCLD
Applied Linguistics for ESOL/TCLD
Methods for Teaching ESOL/TCLD
Total Credit Hours18


Graduate students are advised by their program. Graduate students should reach out to their graduate program director for information regarding the structures in place to facilitate advisement. For more information visit the Graduate Academic Advisement catalog page. 

Graduate students can also contact the Jack N. Averitt College of Graduate Studies for more information about their program director. 
​Phone: 912-478-COGS (2647) 
​Email: gradschool@georgiasouthern.edu