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English as a Second Language (ESL) Teacher Certification Program

The English as a Second Language (ESL) Teacher Certification program is a competency-based program that prepares educators to be culturally and linguistically responsive teachers of English language learners (ELLs).  The program currently is in its inaugural year, serving teachers employed in the Providence and Pawtucket public school districts. We anticipate opening the program to teachers from other districts for the 2019-2020 cohort, pending RIDE approval of affiliated district partnerships. 

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    Program Description

    The program engages teachers over twelve months from July to June.

    Teachers engage in readings, lectures, learning activities, workshops, analyses of videos of their own teaching practice, and a range of meetings.  All content in the program is aligned with the National Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) standards and assignments are designed to be practical, job-embedded, and highly associated with classroom learning. 

    Each teacher is paired with an instructional coach called a “Learning Guide” (LG).  LGs provide feedback and support to tailor the learner experiences to meet the needs of their individual ESL teacher candidates.

    Upon demonstrating evidence of meeting the TESOL competencies and completing all program requirements, teachers are eligible to apply for ESL Teacher Certification through the Rhode Island Department of Education. 

    To learn more contact,
    Kristina Soprano at or call 401-254-