Among the handful of new certificates and degrees offered at Moraine Valley Community College starting this fall is the English as a Second Language (ESL) and Bilingual Educator certificate.

This new program is 30 credit hours that will provide students with the foundation of childcare/adolescent terminology, information on growth and development of a child, observation experiences, and techniques and skills for working with an ESL or bilingual child. With this certificate, a student can become a lead teacher or instructor in an ESL or bilingual childcare center or for students in kindergarten through 12th grades.

Aside from general education courses, students will have to take classes that include Foundations of Bilingual Education, Language and Linguistics, Cross-Cultural Studies and Intro to the Foundations of Reading.

A complete list of credit and noncredit classes can be found in the fall 2020 class schedule online. Tuition is $131 per credit hour plus fees and books. Registration is ongoing. The college shortened its fall semester from 17 to 16 weeks with most courses taking place online starting Aug. 24. Hybrid classes, those that have some in-person and some online instruction, begin Aug. 10. New students can get started remotely with step-by-step instructions online.