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English as a Second Language


The English as a Second Language Certificate of Proficiency assists non-English speaking members of the Jefferson community in attaining levels of English proficiency that are adequate to support their professional and work-related needs. The program develops students’ functional ability in English in both receptive (listening and reading) and productive (speaking and writing) skills.

A comprehensive pre-admissions test is required to determine the appropriate level for speaking, listening, reading and writing courses. The results of placement testing determine the number of credits required to achieve the competencies and earn the certificate.

Eligible students must demonstrate adequate language competencies in specific reading/writing and speaking/listening skills required for the intermediate level of ESL instruction. Students who do not meet these criteria will be required to take two to four introductory ESL courses as prerequisites for entry into the certificate program.

Admission Requirements

  • Advising session through the Department of Professional & Continuing Studies.
  • Achievement of intermediate level scores on comprehensive placement test in speaking, listening, reading and writing skills; or, satisfactory completion of ESL 101, 102, 103 and/or 104.


ESL 301 Intermediate Oral Skills (Listening and Speaking) 4
ESL 302 Intermediate Written Skills (Reading and Writing) 4
ESL 401 Advanced Oral Skills (Listening and Speaking) 4
ESL 402 Advanced Written Skills (Reading and Writing) 4
ESL 101 Introductory Oral Skills A (Listening and Speaking) 4
ESL 102 Introductory Written Skills A (Reading and Writing) 4
ESL 201 Introductory Oral Skills B (Listening and Speaking) 4
ESL 202 Introductory Written Skills B (Reading and Writing) 4

Students enrolling in this certificate program are not eligible for financial aid.

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