Dec 05, 2023  
2022-2023 Graduate Bulletin 
2022-2023 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Graduate Certificate

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The TESOL Certificate links theory and practice in teaching English language learners. The required courses may be completed fully online, or through a combination of on-campus and online courses.

Admission Requirements

See Academic Requirements and Procedures .

  • Resumé
  • Statement of Purpose

In addition, if English is not their native language, applicants must submit a TOEFL score of at least 83, with no section lower than 19. The department will also accept an IELTS score of a 6.5, with no sub-test score below a 6.

Program Requirements and Academic Policies

The TESOL Certificate requires completion of four (4) classes or twelve (12) semester hours. Students must earn a 3.0 GPA for graduation.

See General Degree Requirements  and General Academic Information  for information concerning graduate enrollment and general requirements for certificate programs.

Course Requirements (12 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 this degree and/or the applicant is from a country where English is not the official language). Students must complete WL 561  - Teaching Second Languages: Theory into Practice, two TESOL courses approved by the graduate coordinator, and one of the following courses from the following list:

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.

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