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Graduate Certificate in Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students

About the Program

This certificate program is for teachers and administrators that hope to improve K-12 education for culturally and linguistically diverse students. The program of study includes the three course sequence needed to earn an ESOL endorsement and three additional courses that emphasize the social, cultural and academic contexts inherent in working with culturally and linguistically diverse students. The purpose of the certificate is to develop the capacity of teachers and administrators to provide high quality instructional experiences for diverse learners. This certificate course work will be centered in a menu of readings and assignments that allow teachers and administrators to select those that are most germane to their local teaching context. Teachers and administrators can initially complete the coursework to earn their ESOL endorsement. Successful completion of the next series of three courses will earn them the Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students Certificate. 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. This coursework aligns with TAPS standards that comprise the TKES assessment system for teachers in Georgia.

Program Contact Information

Graduate Academic Services Center

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 .

*International transcripts must be evaluated by a NACES accredited evaluation service and must be a course by course evaluation and include a GPA. (



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*The application and all ​​required documents listed on the “admissions requirements” tab​ for the program must be received by the deadline.  If all required documents are not received by the deadline your application will not be considered for admission.

Last updated: 8/18/2021