Teaching English Language Learners (TELL) Certificate


Get the Skills You Need Now

Amplify the effectiveness of your teaching with the online Graduate Certificate in Teaching English Language Learners (TELL) program from Purdue University. It’s a fast-paced way for you to broaden your professional skillset and gives you confidence to meet your students’ needs.

The Teaching English Language Learning Graduate Certificate Program (TELL) provides teachers with the professional preparation to assist English language learners in developing their English language and academic skills in K through grade 12. The certificate does not constitute a teaching license, but posts to the student’s transcript as a program of study. Certified Indiana educators who wish to earn the add-on license in English Language Learning (ELL) should choose the licensure path.



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Purdue quality. Flexible schedule.

Online students enjoy the same rigorous academic programs as on-campus students, but with a much more flexible class schedule. Assignments, discussions, and other coursework are posted each week in the virtual classroom.

The Graduate Certificate in Teaching English Language Learners consists of five 3-credit hour courses.  This can be completed in a year for students staying on track and with acceptable grades.

Purdue University believes in stackable credentials.  The TELL Certificate provides a pathway to Dual Language Bilingual Education Graduate Certificate with just two additional classes or the MS in Curriculum and Instruction with a Concentration in English Language Learning.  Once you complete the graduate certificate only 18 credit hours are needed to complete the masters.

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This program does not lead to licensure in the state of Indiana or elsewhere. Contact the College of Education Office of Teacher Education and Licensure (OTEL) at licensure@purdue.edu before continuing with program application if you have questions regarding licensure or contact your state Department of Education about how this program may translate to licensure in your state of residence.

Career Outlook

ESL educators are some of the most in demand teachers.  The demand for ESL teachers will only increase as more students from non-English-speaking homes enter school.

The demand for ESL teachers throughout the world increases each year and teaching ELL/ESL – online or in a classroom – has become a popular career among English speakers. The good news is: It’s not difficult to become an ELL teacher. However, being a great ELL teacher certainly is.

The Purdue ELL Program strives to create a learning environment that is academically challenging for students at all levels. Because of the special needs of their students, ELL teachers may meet more frequently with parents and administrative teams to measure student progress and achievement as part of each student’s individual education plan.

Job Titles

  • ELL Specialist
  • Director of ELL
  • Teacher
  • Tutor
  • Adult Education Teacher
  • Curriculum Coordinator

Make your next giant leap



Course Content Information:
Contact Dr. Trish Morita-Mullaney
Course Registration, payment, drops/withdraws, and removing holds:
Purdue Online purdueonline@purdue.edu
Career accounts:
ITaP (765) 494-4000