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For those with prior teaching experience who are seeking an opportunity to build on and expand what they already know, the online graduate certificate in TESOL* can be an ideal option. This program invites you to explore contemporary standards and best practices for teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL), and the associated learnings can greatly enhance your impact in the classroom.
This compact program lets you focus on the skills needed to better teach English language learners (ELLs) of all backgrounds, and the coursework provides tools and insights that you can immediately put into practice. The online graduate certificate program is designed to be completed in less than a year, and select credits from this program may later be applied toward the online master's in TESOL program.
This program does not provide instruction in speaking English. It prepares educators to teach English to speakers of other languages and is not an English language program for second or other language learners.
Note: In order to enroll in any of these programs, a bachelor's degree is required. No program can guarantee licensure. It is each student’s responsibility to determine the licensure requirements in his or her state and to apply for the licenses or endorsements necessary to his or her career goals. Our department staff and licensure officer can provide individual support during the application process to help you understand your state’s requirements.
The online graduate certificate in TESOL program meets the educational requirements for licensure in the state of Kansas. If you plan to obtain a license or certification in a state other than Kansas or a US territory after completion of your program, it is highly recommended you first seek guidance from the appropriate licensing agency BEFORE beginning the academic program to ensure you can obtain a license of certification in your home state or territory. The website https://nc-sara.org/professional-licensure-directory provides resources for licensure and certification boards outside of Kansas.
The online Graduate Certificate in TESOL requires students to complete 5 courses, worth a total of 15 credits, which can later be applied to the Master’s in TESOL. All courses listed are worth 3 credits.
In order to provide the student with an understanding of multicultural education, the course will examine the effects of such issues as ethnicity in America, the melting pot theory, separatism, cultural pluralism, legal issues and bilingual education upon the curriculum and instruction in today’s classrooms. It will include an evaluation of materials for bias and stereotypes. Field experiences are a part of this course.
The purpose of this course is to study the objectives and methods of ESL/bilingual education. Students will examine methods and techniques of teaching: listening, speaking, reading and writing in the ESL/bilingual education settings. The course will also emphasize the importance of culture in second language teaching, and self-evaluation of teaching and instructional materials.
This course provides an overview of diagnostic techniques and instruments used to identify and remediate specific learning difficulties associated with normal second language development in the area of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The course includes a review of research concerning assessment as it relates to error analysis in the second-language context.
This course provides an intensive review of the theory and research base of second-language acquisition. Particular attention is given to the influence of research trends in linguistics and psychology on second-language education theory and practice. Current trends in second-language education are examined in light of the historical theory base.
This course offers pre- and in-service teachers the basic foundations of language analysis necessary for the teaching of second/foreign languages. The course covers basic linguistic topics common to all human languages (grammatical, phonological and semantic aspects) with the intent to help teachers understand and address common languages problems that students face when learning English as a second/foreign language.