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Teaching English Language Learners

Teaching English Language Learners

Course Description

This course provides strategies to help educators teach English Language Learners (ELLs) in the classroom so they can understand grade level content.  Learning English at the same time as learning content specific material is especially difficult, so this course helps educators meet the needs of these learners.  From vocabulary specific strategies to integrating language objectives, this course offers a variety of strategies to help make sure ELLs are able to learn in a grade level appropriate classroom.

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Course Numbers

  • Adams State: ED 589
  • UMass Global: EDEU 9957


Course Learning Objectives

Students will be able to:

  • Learn different strategies to teach grade level content to their English Language Learners (ELLs).
  • Apply strategies for lesson planning, building background knowledge, and vocabulary development to help make content comprehensible for ELLs.
  • Develop skills to reflect on & improve their own teaching practices.


Relevancy to Practice: This course provides educators with the following relevant information to help improve their practice:

  • Strategies for prepping a lesson for a general education classroom with both English Language Learners (ELLs) and native English speakers mixed together.
  • Writing content objectives and language objectives to post in the classroom for all students to see each day.
  • Scaffolding curriculum and differentiating lessons to help ELLs meet grade level content expectations.
  • Building ELLs’ background knowledge as well as making connections between the content and their background knowledge.
  • Strategies for making content relevant and meaningful.
  • Vocabulary strategies that help ELLs deepen their level of understanding of content specific vocabulary.

Course Format 

This is an online course. Please use course materials emailed to you upon your original registration.

Teaching English Language Learners Syllabus

Click below for a preview syllabus for this course. This syllabus applies to students receiving credits from Adams State University or UMass Global or those taking the course for Continuing Education (no credits).

No-Risk Guarantee: 

You can cancel a course registration within 30-days and receive a 100% refund, no questions asked.

Registration Now Open: Register now and receive your course materials within 24 hours.  Course materials are due within 6 months of registering for the course.


Starting at $189.00



Graduate Credits

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University Fee

Course fee may or may not include the university’s registration fee depending on the university partner. University fees are not included in the registration fee for Adam’s State University and University of Massachusetts Global. 

Those additional fees are:
University of Massachusetts Global: $70/credit
Adam’s State University: $55/credit  

Instructions for how to register with your selected University Partner and pay additional fees will be provided after registering with Credits for Teachers.

University fees for Colorado State University Pueblo are included in the course fees. 

Please note that we cannot grant refunds for students who have already turned in work for a course, even if it is within the 30-day window.

Refunds Policy

Students are able to request a full refund of any Credits for Teachers course within 30 days of registration.  In order to do so, please fill out the “Contact Us” form including your full name and the course you registered for and we will complete the refund.

Exchange Policy

Students are able to exchange one course for another within 30 days of registration as long as the course price is the same and the student does not change the university Partner.  In order to exchange a course, please fill out the “Contact Us” form including your full name, course you have registered for and the course you would like to switch to.

Please note that we cannot exchange a course once for students who have already submitted their course for grading, even if it is within the 30-day window.

Transfer Policy

Students that would like to transfer their course from one university partner to another may have the opportunity to do so within the first 30 days of registering for a course.  In order to transfer your course to a different University Partner, please fill out the “Contact Us” form including your full name, the course you are currently registered for and the new University Partner you’d like to switch to.