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Au Pair Certificate

The Au Pair Enrichment Program is designed specifically for Au Pairs who are looking to improve their English skills while learning about the American culture. Au Pairs now have two options when selecting classes to fulfill the education requirements of their programs:

  • Au Pair Enrichment Course (60 hours; 6 CEUs)
  • Au Pair Enrichment Certificate (80 hours; 8 CEUs)
The Au Pair Enrichment ESL Course

60 Hours – 6 CEUs

Course includes:

  • 20 hours divided into 8 class sessions
  • 20 hours of instructor directed study and assignments
  • 20 hours of independent study directly following the in-class sessions

The Au Pair Enrichment Certificate Program

80 Hours – 8 CEUs

Program includes:

  • 60 hours of ESL Instruction taken through the Au Pair Enrichment ESL Course
  • 20 hours of elective courses

Program Objectives

After this successfully completing this program, students will be able to:

  • Practice conversation, grammar, and usage learned during in-class activities and group work
  • Demonstrate increased writing proficiency based on feedback provided on weekly writing assignments
  • Demonstrate improved reading and listening comprehension
  • Practice oral presentation skills through preparation and telling of a children’s literature story
  • Discover, review, and practice vocabulary, idioms, and common language related to traditional American culture, celebrations & holidays


Students interested in this program should have at least a basic understanding of the English language. To ensure the best possible learning experience, ECE strongly recommends that all students have access to a computer, laptop, or tablet.

Certificate Requirements

To receive the Au Pair Enrichment Certificate, students must:

  • Complete 80 hours of coursework, worth 8 CEUs
    • Students will earn 60 hours / 6 CEUs by completing the Au Pair ESL course.
    • Students will earn the remaining 20 hours / 2 CEUs by completing elective courses.
  • Attend at least 80% of the class sessions in each course
    • Students may miss one of the sessions and remain eligible to complete the Au Pair Enrichment ESL Course. If traveling with your host family, notify the instructor with at least one week's notice.
    • When you return, you will be required to complete an additional writing assignment for that week's work. In addition, you will be responsible for reading the material and completing a modified assignment for the week you missed.

All courses are also offered open enrollment, meaning anyone can register for them regardless of affiliation with Emory or desire to complete the certificate program. 

Please note: 1 CEU is equivalent to 10 classroom hours. CEU requirements may vary depending upon your Au Pair Agency. We highly recommend you confirm the amount of required CEUs directly with your agency.

Core Course: Au Pair ESL

The newly expanded Au Pair Enrichment core class offers the 6 CEUs that au pairs need in order to fulfill the education component required by the U.S. Department of State. Our program is designed specifically for Au Pairs who are looking to improve their English skills while learning about American culture.

The core class includes 3 parts:

  • 20 hours divided into 8 class sessions
  • 20 hours of instructor-directed study and assignments directly related to in-class topics
  • 20 hours of text-guided, independent study over 8 weeks directly following the in-class sessions

Learning Outcomes

  • Write and speak more confidently with native speakers using correct grammar and usage
  • Read aloud with more fluency and with improved comprehension
  • Expand social networks through interaction with other au pairs from the program
  • Share in the celebrations of American host families with a greater knowledge of American holidays and traditions

Class work is conducted in whole group and small group settings. Course materials are used during class time -- as well as at home -- to prepare for class discussion. Homework includes reading chapters in the text as well as writing on assigned topics, and grammar review activities.

The electronic platform known as Canvas is used to submit written assignments; a complete orientation to this platform is provided in the first class session. A children's literature book is used for reading practice, vocabulary building, cultural understanding and exposure to children's world literature. Class will culminate with an oral presentation of a story of the participant's choice.

  • Au Pairs are advised to check with their respective agencies to clarify and confirm specific requirements.
  • Au Pair Enrichment ESL Course - $595 (60 hours)

Elective Courses

Students can complete their 20 hours of electives before, during, or after the Au Pair ESL course.

Abstract Painting$22512 hours
English Pronunciation: Polishing Your American Accent - Part 1$37512 hours
English Pronunciation: Polishing Your American Accent - Part 2$2509 hours
Acrylic Painting for the Novice$22512 hours
Astronomy in the Suburbs$1858 hours
Beginning Drawing$22512 hours
Beginning Oil Painting$22512 hours
Decorating Basics$1758 hours
Decorating Basics II$1758 hours
ESL: Improving Conversation Skills$34512 hours
ESL: Improving Writing Skills$34512 hours
Kitchen Design and Décor$1758 hours
Watercolor 101 and Beyond$22512 hours