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School of Social Science and Global Studies

TESOL Certificate (12 semester hours)

World Languages offers a graduate TESOL Certificate. The required courses may be completed fully online, or through a combination of on-campus and online courses. The certificate requires completion of four classes (twelve semester hours).

Students may follow one of two paths for this certificate:

Plan A:  Applicants not holding a Master of Arts in the Teaching of Languages must submit official transcripts which document a B.S./B.A. degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA and acceptable TOEFL scores (if English is not the applicant's native language).

Students must complete:

  • Two TESOL (TSL) courses (online only)
  • FL 561 Teaching Second Languages: Theory into Practice (on campus or online)

And one other FL course (online or on campus) from the following list:

  • FL 663 Applied Linguistics in Second and Foreign Languages
  • FL 664 Second Language Acquisition Theory and Practice
  • FL 665 Sociocultural and Sociolinguistic Perspectives in Language

Plan B:  Applicants already holding a Master of Arts in the Teaching of Languages degree may not apply any of the above courses towards the certificate. They must complete twelve (12) hours of TESOL (TSL) course work as approved by the graduate coordinator.

All Certificate candidates must
   1) complete the application through the Graduate School (click on Graduate Admissions and then Applicants, and follow Step 2), and
   2) submit the required application fee and all other materials, including transcripts, a statement of purpose, and a resume.

 

Graduation from the program: In the semester before completing the TESOL Certificate program, students must submit the Application for Graduate Certificate. At the end of the semester of graduation, students must submit the documents outlined in "Assessment" below. The deadline is May 1, August 15, or December 1, depending on the semester of graduation.

 

Learning outcomes

1.  The student will articulate a teaching philosophy of TESOL that links his/her projected/current classroom practices to the theories related to TESOL teaching and learning.

2.  The student will reflect upon the courses taken and connect what he/she has learned to his/her teaching practice.

 

Assessment

1.  The student will write a statement of teaching philosophy of TESOL that links his/her projected/current classroom practices to theories related to TESOL teaching and learning. Describe how you see yourself as a teacher who implements best practices for your English Language Learners. (500-700 words) 

2.  The student will submit an artifact (lesson plan, chapter enhancement, or assessment) that demonstrates his/her ability to connect TESOL course content with his/her teaching practice and provide a rationale explaining how the artifact demonstrates this connection. (500-700 words)

 

Click here to see the rubrics used to evaluate these assignments. Students may contact TESOL faculty for more information.