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Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Graduate Credit Certificate Program

Karen E. Johnson
234 Sparks Building
University Park, PA 16802
Telephone: 814-867-4284
Fax: 814-863-7986
E-Mail: sah4@psu.edu

The Graduate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) is designed for candidates holding a baccalaureate degree with little or no previous experience teaching adult English language learners either in the US or abroad. Candidates are required to take four 3-credit graduate level courses that contain integrated practical field experiences that enable candidates to gain essential knowledge, skills, and dispositions for teaching adult English language learners in diverse contexts throughout the world.

Admission Requirements

Candidates must have received either (1) a bachelor's degree from a U.S. regionally accredited institution or (2) a postsecondary degree that is equivalent to a U.S. baccalaureate degree earned from an officially recognized degree-granting international institution with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

International candidates must have a minimum TOEFL score of 600 (paper-based), 250 (computer-based), or 100 (internet-based) with a 23 on the oral section.

List of Courses Included in the Certificate:

APPLIED LINGUISTICS (APLNG)

802 FOCUS ON ENGLISH: TEACHING FORM, MEANING & USE (3)
804 FOCUS ON LEARNERS: IDENTITY, COMMUNITY & LANGUAGE LEARNING (3)
806 FOCUS ON CLASSROOMS: PLANNING & SUPPORTING LANGUAGE LEARNING (3)
808 FOCUS ON INSTRUCTION: TEACHING & ASSESSING LANGUAGE LEARNING (3)

Capstone experience: Professional e-portfolio that draws upon aspects of course work that demonstrate achievement of all program goals and can be used when applying for teaching positions around the world.

Effective Semester: Fall 2016
Expiration Semester: Fall 2021

Last Revised by the Department: Fall Semester 2016

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