Bachelor - English Language Learner Studies

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If you would like to teach English as a second language, Ashford University's Bachelor of Arts in English Language Learner Studies program may be a good place to start. You can learn more about the Bachelor of Arts in English Language Learner Studies program here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

The Bachelor of Arts in English Language Learner Studies online program at Ashford University offers you the opportunity to study the stages of language development, the relationship between first and second language comprehension, and the relationship between reading comprehension and writing. You can gain skills in selecting appropriate materials, technology, and strategies for teaching and supporting English language learners (ELL); learn methods for teaching ELL adults; and discover tools used for assessing proficiency in English reading, writing, listening, and speaking for child and adult English language learners. The program will help you develop an understanding of challenges of learning a second language through a study of the structure of the English language; and address issues in English language instruction, including national and state standards, the politics of bilingual education against English language immersion, and the global challenges of second language learning. The program completes with a capstone course where you will have the opportunity to study the Teachers of English to Other Language Speakers (TESOL) standards and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) standards, and complete a final comprehensive project.

What Are the Prerequisites?

If you are thinking of applying to the Bachelor of Arts in English Language Learner Studies program, you should be interested in cultural diversity and teaching English as a second language to children or adults. All applicants to Ashford University should possess a high school diploma or its equivalent; some programs may have more specific requirements.

What Are the Course Requirements?

The Bachelor of Arts in English Language Learner Studies is a 120-credit program. Course requirements include 36 major credits, 41 elective credits, and 46 general education electives.

English Language Learner Studies Course Requirements

Course CodeCourse Name
Introductory Course Requirements
EXP 105 Personal Dimensions of Education
PSY 202 Adult Development & Life Assessment
Major Course Requirements
EDU 321 Introduction to Serving English Language Learners
ELL 240 Linguistically & Culturally Diverse Learners
ELL 242 Understanding & Teaching English Language
SOC 308 Racial & Ethnic Groups
ELL 355 Methods, Materials, & Technology for Learning a Second Language
ELL 351 Listening & Speaking in a Second Language
ELL 353 Reading & Writing in a Second Language
ELL 357 English Language Teaching & Adult Learners
ELL 420 Testing & Assessment for ELL Students
ELL 359 Contemporary Issues in English Language Instruction
ELL 361 Language Learning in a Global Context
ELL 497 English Language Learner Studies Capstone

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

The Bachelor of Arts in English Language Learner Studies program is not intended to lead to licensure; you should check with your state board of education for English as Second Language (ESL) teacher certification requirements. As a graduate of Ashford University's BA in English Language Learner Studies program, you could seek positions such as:

  • International English teacher
  • Adult language instructor
  • Corporate trainer

Advanced Degrees

After completing the Bachelor of Arts in English Language Learner Studies program, you may wish to continue your education with graduate studies. Earning an ELL-related master's degree can offer you additional training and teaching strategies that can prepare you for more advanced career opportunities or leadership roles. Examples of master's programs you may be interested in include:

  • Master of Education in English Language Learners
  • Master of Science in Education in TESOL
  • Master of Science in Teaching English Language Learners, Pre-K - 12

Certain degree programs may not be available in all states.

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Certification and Licensure Terms and Conditions.

If you want to become a classroom teacher, contact your state's education authorities prior to enrolling at Ashford to determine what state-specific requirements you must complete before obtaining your teacher's license. Ashford graduates will be subject to additional requirements on a state-by-state basis that will include one or more of the following: student teaching or practicum experience, additional coursework, additional testing, or, if the state requires a specific type of degree to seek alternative certification, earning an additional degree. None of Ashford's online education programs are CAEP*, TEAC or NCATE accredited, which is a requirement for certification in some states. Other factors, such as a student's criminal history, may prevent an applicant from obtaining licensure or employment in this field of study.

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