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College of Education - Certificate of Graduate Study (COGS) in English as a Second Language (ESL)

Certificate of Graduate Study (COGS) in English as a Second Language (ESL)

The Certificate of Graduate Studies (COGS) English as a Second Language (ESL) Education is a non-degree graduate program leading to a New Jersey K-12 certification in English as a Second Language. This program is offered at Rowan University’s Camden campus.

Program Coordinators:
Yvonne Rodriguez, Ed.D. & Jacqueline McCafferty

Please review this page carefully as it has links to necessary information about the program and the admissions process.

Program Description
There is a critical need for highly qualified teachers who are trained to work with the growing numbers of English learners in K-12, college, and adult settings, both in the US and abroad. This program is approved by the New Jersey State Department of Education and is recognized by the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages/National Council on Accreditation of Teacher Education (TESOL/NCATE).

Specific program objectives are to enable teachers to:

Students who are accepted to and enroll in the ESL COGS can also pursue a full Master’s degree in either the M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership or the MA in Higher Education, Instructional Track.

As part of the ESL COGS acceptance process, all applicants must take the OPI and WPT test from Language Testing International (LTI) in order to show proficiency in written and spoken English. Rowan University at Camden is an Official Testing Center for LTI. Prospective students can sign up by going to the LTI website:  You will need to register on the LTI site as a “test candidate”. This will give you access to the site and ability to register for the test at Rowan University Camden. If you have any questions regarding the test, please contact Kerri Rizzotto at

If you would like more information about this program, please visit the College of Graduate and Continuing Education


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