Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language

Requirements (30 units)

Certificates may be earned by regularly matriculated or extended learning students and denote successful completion of a prescribed program of study designed to:

  1. impart specified professional/vocational/career competencies; or
  2. produce mastery of the content of a sub-field of an academic major (discipline); or
  3. provide exposure to the range of materials in a traditional or emerging interdisciplinary field.

Certain certificate programs contain 600-level courses as requirements and/or electives. These 600-level courses may not be taken by undergraduate students. Candidates must receive two-thirds of their certificate-applicable credit from the university. The transferring of credit or the substitution of courses may occur only after application to the appropriate campus authority.

Admission to the Certificate

Contact the English Department graduate coordinator for information about the certificate program.

  1. Postbaccalaureate standing;
  2. A minimum grade point average of 3.0 in undergraduate upper-division coursework;
  3. A minimum score of 575 (computer-based score of 233; internet-based score of 90) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for students who do not possess a bachelor's degree from a postsecondary institution in a country where English is the principal language of instruction;
  4. Completion of ENG 311 with a grade of "B" (3.0) or better.

Recommendation for the Certificate

  1. Completion of the certificate coursework with a minimum grade point average of 3.0;
  2. Completion of the certificate within a seven year period. Students who have taken any required course that expires because it exceeds the seven year limitation will be required to retake the course or its equivalent, as designated by the English Department graduate coordinator. Petitions to waive this requirement will not be approved.

Certificate Requirements

ENG 312Theories of Language Acquisition and Learning4
ENG 420English Grammar I4
ENG 524Sociolinguistics4
ENG 619Second Language Acquisition4
ENG 625TESL Methods and Materials for Speaking and Listening4
or ENG 626 TESL Methods and Materials for Reading and Writing
ENG 664Internship in Applied Linguistics and TESL2
Eight units chosen from:8
English Grammar II
Discourse Analysis: Theories and Applications
Contrastive Rhetoric
Linguistics Pragmatics
TESL Methods and Materials for Speaking and Listening (if not used above)
TESL Methods and Materials for Reading and Writing (if not used above)
Total Units30