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Graduate Certificate in Second Language Instruction

Program Type

Graduate Certificate

Program Length

12 Credit Hours


The Second Language Instruction certificate is designed for national and international in-service teachers who work with students learning English as a second or foreign language at elementary, secondary, university, or adult education programs. It includes training in theoretical and applied linguistics, second language teaching methodology, and the cultural aspects of language learning, teaching, and assessment.

The certificate requires completion of the following coursework:

  • BESL 5302 Social, Cultural and Language Influences on Learning
  • BESL 5301 Applied Linguistics for Classroom Teachers
  • BESL 5303 Teaching ESL: Oral Language Communication
  • BESL 5304 Language Acquisition and Development for Bilingual and ESL Programs

This certificate has been approved by the Higher Education Coordinating Board and is awarded by Sam Houston State University.  

Enrollment Semester

Fall, Spring, Summer

Program Offered


Tuition and Cost

Rates per semester

Additional Program Information

Department Website


Catalog Information

Application Requirements

  1. Graduate Admissions Application
  2. Application Fee
  3. Official transcript from the baccalaureate degree granting institution

Academic Advisor

Dr. Mary Petron
(936) 294-3980

Office of Graduate Admissions

(Prospective Students)


Office of Graduate Studies

(Current Students & Faculty)


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