TESOL Graduate Certificate

The TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) certificate is designed to prepare educators to meet the changing linguistic needs of today’s diverse population. It is geared toward individuals who are interested in teaching English as a Second Language (ESL). The program is designed to meet the national TESOL standards.

Upon completing this program, graduates seeking additional licensure in Ohio are required to pass a Praxis Series Exam to obtain their endorsement. Graduates residing in other states will need to determine their state’s specific requirements for licensure. For more information about the Praxis Series, click here.

Curriculum

The online TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) certificate consists of 18 credit hours and can be completed in as little as 3 semesters/1 year. Each course is approximately 7-weeks long. Students typically take two courses per 14-week semester.

LSLS 7053: Foundations of First and Second Language Learning (3 credits)

This course introduces students to foundational knowledge in first and second language learning. Specific topics include major theoretical paradigms and constructs that affect learning.

LSLS 7064: PreK-12 Methods of Teaching ESL I (3 credits)

This is the first Methods course of a sequence of two courses and is designed to provide conceptual and educationally applied understanding of: (1) effective English as a second language (ESL) philosophical, theoretical, and pedagogical principles and strategies; and (2) the implementation of methodology and curriculum planning for Pre-K-12 Grade students.

LSLS 7060: Applied Linguistics (3 credits)

Focused on theoretical perspectives, major issues, and current controversies, this course is designed to facilitate the student’s knowledge and understanding of the linguistic structure as a holistic system. This course examines the English language as a second language on the basis of current theory, research, and practice. It covers a detailed analysis of the sound system of American English as well as morphology, syntax, and semantics through in-depth discussions of instructional issues.

LSLS 7065: PreK-12 Methods of Teaching ESL II (3 credits)

This is the second Methods course of a sequence of two courses and is designed to provide conceptual and educationally applied understanding of: (1) effective English as a second language (ESL) implementation of teaching and learning strategies, curriculum and lesson plan development, and research in computer assisted language and other educational technologies for Pre-K-12 Grade students; and (2) linking assessment to instruction by using classroom-based authentic assessments such as portfolios and observations.

LSLS 7068: Sociolinguistics and Bilingual Education (3 credits)

This course is an overview of sociolinguistic factors affecting second language acquisition, societal and individual influences on language choice, use, maintenance, and change. It examines some major topics such as variations of language, language attitudes and motivations, language policies and their implications for TESL, and some of the major research methods in sociolinguistics. It also covers philosophies, theories, pedagogical methods applicable to bilingual development and bilingual education.

LSLS 7078L: Practicum in Teaching English as a Second Language (3 credits)

Students apply theories of instructional and evaluation methods in the teaching of English as a second language (ESL). Participants engage in supervised real-life field-practice, “virtual” field-practice through multimedia activities, and forum discussions. Emphasis will be placed on deriving instructional and evaluation recommendations through critical discussion of readings, self-reflections on the ESL tutoring.

 

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