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English Language Learning (ELL): Licensure and Certificate Options

English Language Learners Licensure Program (K-12) Leading to Licensure in English as a New Language

The English Language Learning (ELL) additional licensure program provides teachers with the professional preparation to assist English language learners in developing their English language and academic skills in K through grade 12.

Teaching English Language Learners K-12 Certificate Program:

The Teaching English Language Learners K-12 Certificate (TELL) provides students who are currently enrolled in a doctoral or master’s program at Purdue University with a background in working with English Language Learners K-12. The certificate does not constitute a teaching license, but posts to the student’s transcript as a separate area of work.

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As of January, 2016 all courses for the Graduate ELL Licensure Porgram, the TELL Certificate Program, and the ELL strand of the L&L master's degree will be offered in an eight-week format only (instead of a 16-week format).

Course offerings for Spring, 2016 are:

    • EDCI 55900 (Academic Language and Content Area Learning): January 11 - March 5
    • EDCI 51900 (Teaching English Language Learners):
      March 7 - April 30

This allows students to complete either the license or the certificate within a one-year time span. There remains a 3-year time limit for final completion of either option.

Students must register for courses in accordance with Purdue’s registration deadlines, regardless of whether the course is offered during the first eight weeks of the semester or the second eight weeks. You may check with Purdue’s registrar for these deadlines:


If you have questions about the content of the ELL licensure program or the TELL certificate, contact the Program Director, Dr. Susan Britsch, by email at or by phone at (765) 494-5893.

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