Mar 18, 2018  
2014-2015 Graduate Catalog 
2014-2015 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Certificate*

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General Program Information

Graduate Coordinator:
Kimberly Brockman;; (423) 439-6165

Theresa McGarry, Ph.D., Coordinator

312 Burleson Hall
Box 70683
(423) 439-6680

Judith Slagle, Ph.D., Chair

103B Burleson Hall
Box 70683
(423) 439-4339


Yousif Elhindi; Theresa McGarry; Martha Michieka.

The department of English offers a graduate certificate in TESOL that provides knowledge and skills necessary to teach English as a second language in a variety of settings beyond the public schools. The course enables students to understand the process of learning a second language, design and implement English courses that meet the needs of English learners in adult education programs and institutes of higher learning, develop a view of themselves as professionals in the specialized field of teaching English as a second language, and understand the basis of continuing professional development in this field.

Program Admission Requirements

A student applying to the TESOL certificate program should have the following:

  1. a bachelor’s degree with at least 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale)
  2. two years of coursework or basic proficiency in a foreign language
  3. two letters of recommendation
  4. satisfactory scores on the language section of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) aptitude test.

A student who wishes to pursue an M.A. in addition to the certificate also needs to meet the requirements for admission to that program; admission into the certificate program does not entail admission into the M.A. program, even though many of the certificate courses can be applied to the M.A.


Students must complete a total of 18 credit hours, of which 15 will result from required courses (listed below) and three from one or more elective courses. A minimum grade of C is required in each course.

Elective Courses

Students must complete three credit hours from the list of courses below; other courses are acceptable if approved by the student’s advisor.

Total Hours Required: 18 Credit Hours

Gainful Employment

*This is a Gainful Employment Program. For information about Gainful Employment programs, please see

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