Certificate Program

Certificates may be earned by regularly matriculated or extended learning students and denote successful completion of a prescribed program of study designed to a) impart specified professional/vocational/career competencies; or b) produce mastery of the content of a sub-field of an academic major (discipline); or c) provide exposure to the range of materials in a traditional or emerging interdisciplinary field. 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. See Page 60 for additional certificate information.

Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL)

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 (30 units)

  1. ENG 312. Theories of Language Acquisition and Learning (4)
  2. ENG 420. English Grammar I (4)
  3. ENG 524. Sociolinguistics (4)
  4. ENG 619. Second Language Acquisition (4)
  5. Four units chosen from:
    • ENG 625. TESL Methods and Materials for Speaking and Listening (4)
    • ENG 626. TESL Methods and Materials for Reading and Writing (4)
  6. ENG 664. Internship in ESL Teaching (2)
  7. Eight units chosen from:
    • ENG 523. English Grammar II (4)
    • ENG 615. Discourse Analysis: Theories and Applications (4)
    • ENG 616. Contrastive Rhetoric (4)
    • ENG 617. Linguistic Pragmatics (4)
    • ENG 625. TESL Methods and Materials for Speaking and Listening (4) if not used in category 5
    • ENG 626. TESL Methods and Materials for Reading and Writing (4) if not used in category 5

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