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  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

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    Our Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) certificate is a 12-hour program designed for individuals who want to teach English as a foreign language overseas or are interested in working with adult English language learners at the community college and/or university level in the United States. The certificate is available at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

    The current international job market requires a minimum of a bachelor’s degree and a TESOL credential to qualify for employment and a working visa in most countries. Additionally, community college and university level English as a Second Language (ESL) teaching positions in the United States require the TESOL credential.

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    If you’re interested in this certificate program, please contact Ms. Laura Ballard prior to submitting your application.

    Step 1: Apply for admission to the University (select one)

    Step 2: Complete Admissions Form 

    Admission to the graduate certificate program is required. Students are not enrolled in a certificate program by virtue of being enrolled in related courses. Students must apply to and be admitted to the certificate program in order to be considered enrolled.

    Admission to College of Education (COE) graduate certificate programs requires submission of the Certificate Admissions Form, to the appropriate department Certificate Program Coordinator (see respective certificate website for contact information) and to the COE Office of Academic Services and Intern Support prior to the completion of two courses in the certificate program.

    The Certificate Admissions Form must identify the courses and anticipated semesters you intend to take to fulfill certificate requirements. Courses in the certificate program may be applicable to a graduate degree; however, you should consult with your major professor to determine which courses are applicable to specific graduate programs.


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    Undergraduate Certificate:

    • FLE 3033 – Methods for Teaching FSL (4)
    • TSL 4945 – Internship: Teaching ESOL (2)
    • Two of the following:
      • TSL 4144 – Foreign/Second Language Curriculum and Materials (3)
      • TSL 4251 – Applied Linguistics for Second Language Learning (3)
      • TSL 4520 – Cross-cultural Communication for Foreign/Second Language Teachers (3)
      • Other Elective (3)

    Graduate Certificate:

    • TSL5005: Methods for Teaching FSL (4)
    • TSL5940: Internship: Teaching ESOL (2)
    • Two of the following: 
      • TSL5250: Applied Linguistics (3)
      • TSL5325: ESOL in the Content Area (3)
      • TSL5930: Current Issues in Teaching TSL (3)
      • TSL5525: Cross-cultural Communication for Foreign/Second Language Teachers (3)
      • Other graduate-level TSL electives may be approved.

    After all certificate coursework is completed, but no later than 2 weeks after grades post, a Certificate Completion Form must be filled out and submitted to the Program Coordinator. Approved completion forms will be forwarded for processing and posting to your official transcript.

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    Information about tuition and fees can be found here. Please note that students may incur costs associated with the purchase of books/materials for courses.

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