Teaching English Language Learners (TELL) Certificate

Applicants who are enrolled as doctoral or master’s degree students at Purdue University.
The courses for the Teaching English Language Learners (TELL) K-12 certificate post to the student’s transcript as a separate area of work; however, the certificate does not constitute teaching licensure. Course substitutions are not permitted.

The program uses an online delivery format of five courses. Each course is 8 weeks long; this means that two courses are offered consecutively each semester. Additionally, one course is offered during the summer. Each course also requires students to complete field experiences in a K-12 classroom that enrolls English Language Learners.



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Application Requirements

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For more information please see Purdue’s full application instructions.

To complete the application you will need:

  • Transcripts (copy) – Official transcripts will need to be submitted before the end of the first semester.
  • Statement of Purpose – 300 – 500 word essay. Articulate how this program will help you obtain educational and career goals
  • Resume
  • English proficiency for international students.

Program Requirements

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All courses for the Graduate ELL Licensure Program, the TELL Certificate Program, and the ELL strand of the L&L master’s degree are offered in an 8-week format only.

15 Credit Hours of Coursework

EDCI 55900 – Academic Language and Content Area Learning
(Spring course, 1st 8 weeks)

This course focuses on the linguistic challenges faced by English language learners in the content areas of science, language arts, mathematics, and the social studies. The course links these challenges to English language instruction and subject-matter instruction in English for ELLs who are in mainstream classrooms. The course emphasizes assessment tools designed to assess content knowledge and links these to issues of language development. This course requires field experiences in schools.

EDCI 51900 – Teaching English Language Learners
(Spring course, 2nd 8 weeks)

This course addresses second language instruction and subject-matter instruction in English for ELL students who are in mainstream classrooms. The purpose of this course is to provide students with information necessary to the design of materials and instructional strategies for English language learners P-12. The course considers the nature of immigrants’ experiences of a new country and school context, focuses on the current issues and techniques in instruction for students who are at the beginning or intermediate stages of English language acquisition in the school context. This course requires field experiences in schools.

EDCI 55700 – Assessment of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students
(Summer course, 4 weeks)

This 4-week online summer course will provide a critical review of research and practice in language proficiency and content-area assessment of English Language Learners (ELLs) and other culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) students in K-12 education. We will explore the sociocultural dimensions of standardized testing, academic achievement, and accountability. Students will conduct critical analyses of standardized testing instruments and learn to develop alternative classroom-based language, literacy and content-area assessments appropriate for ELL and CLD students.

EDCI 53000 – English Language Development
(Fall course, 1st 8 weeks)

This course focuses on knowledge about how second languages are learned and on the educational basis for second language teaching and learning. The course links English language development to teaching and learning strategies. In addition to a case study and final report, students will collaborate in small groups to create online multimedia poster presentations that summarize key points and issues. This course requires field experiences in schools.

EDCI 52600 – Language Study for Educators
(Fall course, 2nd 8 weeks)

Students will gain information about central concepts from descriptive and applied linguistics, applying these to analyze language and interaction between teachers and ELs for effective teaching. The major assignments for the course are two classroom observations and the planning, teaching, and evaluation of two lessons conducted with small groups of ELs. This course requires field experiences in schools.

Participation in a Professional Conference

In addition to successful completion of the above courses, candidates are also required to attend and to participate in a state, national, or international conference on English Language Learning (e.g., TESOL, NABE, AAAL, INTESOL, IN K-12 ESL) during enrollment in the program. Candidates will write a reflection on their participation. Participation includes (a) giving a professional presentation (paper presentation, colloquium, poster, demonstration, or round table discussion); and (b) volunteering to work on a conference committee or to moderate or chair a session.

Content Specialty Exam

Beginning June 1, 2014, all licensure students are required to pass the Indiana CORE Assessment for Educators that applies to teaching English Learners. Information about this test can be obtained at: www.in.nesinc.com. Candidates will register for test code 019: English Learners.

Online Portfolio

At the end of the licensure program, candidates will complete an online portfolio. Portfolio sections correspond to Purdue’s ELL Licensure Program Teacher Outcomes and Standards. Products to be included in each section will be developed throughout the program, in each course. Candidates will also include their reflection on participation in a professional conference as part of the portfolio. Portfolio components will be assessed by means of rubrics that correlate with the TESOL/CAEP Standards. Portfolio components will be compiled in alignment with each course completed for the program, also correlated with the TESOL/CAEP Standards.

Program Completion

To complete the ELL Licensure Program and obtain your ELL license, make sure that you have:

  • Completed all 5 courses
  • Obtained a passing score on the Pearson content test for English Learners (#019)
  • Uploaded all assessments to the English Language Learning Online Portfolio

Tuition and Fees

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Current Tuition Rates and Fees * In-State Out-of-State
Tuition Rate $329.05 $493.58
Technology Fee $7.55 $7.55
Repair and Rehabilitation Fee $11.25 $11.25
Purdue Online (PO) Fee $50.00 $50.00
Total Cost Per Credit Hour $397.85 $562.38
Total Credit Hours 15 15
Total Program Cost $5,967.75 $8,435.70

*Tuition and fees are charges on a per credit hour basis and are subject to annual increase. Annual increases may change the total program cost. The rate and fees above are effective for the 2019-2020 school year.

*Note: Purdue faculty and staff fee remissions may not be applied to this program.


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