Teach to the world. With your Bachelor of Arts in English Language Learner Studies degree earned online from Ashford University, you demonstrate your readiness to provide adult language instruction to individuals.

In this curriculum, you will learn how students acquire new skills and knowledge in a second language. Your courses cover subjects from reading and grammar to diversity and inter-cultural communications. As a potential educator in our modern global environment, you will find this degree a perfect fit for you.

  • Apply ELL/ESL concepts, linguistic theories, research, knowledge of the structure of English, and sociolinguistics to facilitate the acquisition of English for English Language Learners
  • Analyze the influences of culture and diversity as it affects second language learning
  • Apply knowledge of meta-linguistics in second language development in constructing multiple identities
  • Describe standards-based practices and strategies for developing and integrating English listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in instructional settings
  • Demonstrate knowledge of history, research and current practices in the field of second language acquisition and ELL/ESL


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Ashford University is accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, 510.748.9001, WSCUC is a regional accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

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Certification and Licensure Terms and Conditions


An online degree from Ashford University does not lead to immediate teacher licensure in any state. 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 accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), 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. All prospective students are advised to visit the Education Resource Organizations Directory (EROD) and to contact the licensing body of the state where they are licensed or intend to obtain licensure to verify that these courses qualify for teacher certification, endorsement, and/or salary benefits in that state prior to enrolling. Prospective students are also advised to regularly review the state's policies and procedures relating to licensure as those policies are subject to change.