The English Language Learning (ELL) Graduate Certificate is designed for practicing teachers interested in working with students who are non-native English speaking.

The 5-course series certificate will develop ones understanding of the theoretical bases and practical application of ELL instruction. The certificate program will assist the teachers in acquiring strategies for creating an inclusive classroom, conducive to proficiency-oriented and communicative language instruction designed to create a learning community.  Completion of this Certificate requires the following five UMF courses:

  • EDU 502 Second Language Acquisition
  • EDU 503 Culturally Responsive English Language Learner Pedagogy
  • EDU 504 English Language Learners: Equity, Inclusion, and Family Engagement
  • EDU 505 Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment for ELLs
  • EDU 511 Evidence and Inquiry Based Strategies for Working with ELLs

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Please note: This is a graduate certificate that supports the coursework requirement for a Maine’s Endorsement 660: English as a Second Language (ESL) endorsement but is not a teaching endorsement as defined by the Maine Department of Education.

Enroll now into the Certificate in English Language Learning. All courses are offered using a  blended format, with a combination of face-to-face class meetings and online study.

Register for Classes:

To register in a summer course please fill out and return our Summer Registration form.

Summer 2018 Courses

Fall 2018 registration opens on May 9 for MSEd and Certificate students and on May 23 for non-degree students.

Our fall course list will be available soon. Please check back for more information.

Contact Us

Office of Graduate Studies


University of Maine at Farmington
Theo Kalikow Education Center
186 High Street
Farmington, Maine 04938
tel 207-778-7502
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Mailing address:
Office of Graduate Studies
University of Maine at Farmington
111 South Street
Farmington, Maine 04938