The online English as a New Language Graduate Certificate is designed for people who want to teach English learners in K-12 schools.
    About The Program

    Format: Online or On Campus


    English as a New Language Graduate Certificate

    Northern's online graduate certificate in English as a New Language (ENL) will enable those who are currently seeking a graduate degree to enhance their credentials and marketability.  Additionally, this certificate will allow those who already possess a bachelor’s degree and teacher certification to become an ESL teacher or refine their skills as a classroom teacher to better serve English learners. The curriculum totals more than 12 credits because the plan of study meets the SD DOE requirements for obtaining the ENL endorsement.


    English as a New Language Minor

    A minor in English as a New Language allows education majors to officially earn credentials to become highly qualified to teach English learners. The minor aligns with the SD DOE requirements for attaining the ENL endorsement and would provide the knowledge and experience to effectively serve English learners in the general education classroom or obtain a position as an English as a second language teacher in a P-12 school district.



    Contact Information

    For more information about the ENL certificate or minor, offered online and on campus, contact Justin Bartel or call 605-626-2429. Or, contact NSU Admissions at 605-626-2544 or

    Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL (2020)
    M.Ed. in Special Education with Reading and TESOL specializations, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL (2014)
    B.A. in Elementary Education, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL (2013)
    Christina J. Cavallaro, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of elementary education in the teacher education department who joined NSU’s faculty in 2021. She specializes in preparing teacher candidates to use equitable and explicit reading and literacy pedagogical approaches that support students in developing and using academic language in purposeful ways. Her research agenda comprises three interconnected objectives: (1) To investigate and support inclusive literacy practices across classroom contexts; (2) To document teachers’ understanding of language and promote explicit teaching of schooling literacies as a vehicle for student academic…
    Ph.D. Educational Psychology, University of Arizona, 2020
    M.A. Educational Psychology, University of Arizona, 2016
    B.A. Education, University of Arizona, 2014
    Graduate Certificate in Educational Research Methodology
    At the University of Arizona, Dr. Lauren Pierce studied motivation and identity development within group dynamics. She researches co-regulatory aspects of motivation and identity as they relate to proactive coping and emotional regulation. These areas help inform her approach to educational psychology in classroom contexts.
    Research Interests
    Mental health
    Team sports
    Efficacy beliefs
    Group processes
    Canonical correlation
    Team dynamics
    Expectancy value

    Ph.D. Learning, Literacies, and Technologies, Arizona State University, 2021 

    M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction: Emphasis in English as a Second Language, Utah Valley University, 2010 

    B.S. Elementary Education, Brigham Young University, 2001  


    Dr. Wendy Wakefield joined the NSU School of Education faculty in 2021. She specializes in preparing NSU teacher candidates to implement science and engineering instruction and to integrate assessment in meaningful, engaging, and inclusive ways in their future classrooms. She also focuses on designing teacher education and professional development opportunities that foster agency, identity, and success across teachers’ careers.  


    Dr. Wakefield was an elementary school classroom teacher for 14 years. She then spent two years working with student teachers, interns, and new teachers at an elementary school…

    M.A., Spanish, Arizona State University

    M.A., Communication, University of North Dakota

    B.A., Spanish and English Philology, Kiev National Linguistic University, Ukraine




    In her Spanish, linguistics, and communication classes, Tetiana (Tanya) White gives students opportunities to develop new and various lenses through which to see themselves and other cultures. She enjoys watching students gain the confidence to speak publicly and carry that skill into their future careers.


    Ms. White’s research interests lie at the intersection of linguistics and communication. Her latest master’s thesis studied critical cultural awareness of students, the structure of their mental lexicon, and their cultural values and beliefs. Her scholarly…