As of February 2015, three colleges that offer online degree programs in English as a second language, or ESL, include Nova Southeastern University, California University of Pennsylvania and University of North Dakota. Programs are available at the bachelor's and master's levels, and they're geared toward aspiring or current teachers. Some programs also include state teacher certification, so prospective students should check whether the certification will be valid in their own states.
Nova Southeastern University's online program leads to a bachelor's degree in elementary education with Florida state certification in teaching ESL. Students learn about curriculum development, educational research, classroom management and teaching methods. Students also participate in an internship and field experiences. Graduates can teach kindergarten through sixth grade.
California University of Pennsylvania offers ESL master's degree programs with or without certification, and there is also a certification-only program available that doesn't lead to a master's degree. Some of the topics students learn about include culture, diversity, language education, assessment and instruction. Field experiences are also incorporated in programs.
The University of North Dakota offers a master's degree in education with a focus on English language learner, or ELL, education. Graduates may pursue an endorsement in ESL in their state. Students learn about multiculturalism, linguistics, ESL assessment, program design and second language acquisition. Students can optionally select a concentration in rural ELL/ESL education, which focuses on teaching in rural schools.