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2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, Graduate Certificate*

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General Program Information

Theresa McGarry, Ph.D., Coordinator
312 Burleson Hall
Box 70683
(423) 439-6680
email: mcgarry@etsu.edu

Daniel Westover, Ph.D., Department Chair
103A Burleson Hall
Box 70683
(423) 439-6626
e-mail: westover@etsu.edu

Website: www.etsu.edu/cas/litlang/tesol

Faculty: 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

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 credits, 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.

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, Graduate Certificate Requirements: 18 credits

Required Courses 15 credits
Advisor Approved Electives 3 credits
TOTAL 18 credits

Advisor Approved Electives: 3 credits

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

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