General Program Information
Theresa McGarry, Ph.D., Coordinator
312 Burleson Hall
Judith Slagle, Ph.D., Chair
103B Burleson Hall
Yousif Elhindi; Theresa McGarry; Martha Michieka.
The department of English offers a graduate certificate in TESL 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 TESL certificate program should have the following:
- a bachelor’s degree with at least 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale)
- two years of coursework or basic proficiency in a foreign language
- two letters of recommendation
- 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.