Linguistics
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Graduate Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language

The graduate certificate in teaching English as a second language (TESL) prepares students to teach non-native speakers of English in the United States or abroad. Certificate courses fulfill, in part, requirements for an endorsement in English as a second language to the Virginia state teaching credential. Students who want to earn this endorsement should consult with an advisor.

The certificate may be pursued concurrently with any of several degree programs offered through the College of Education and Human Development, the English Department, and the Modern and Classical Languages Department. Part of the course work toward the certificate may be applied toward degrees in those departments.

For policies governing all graduate certificates, see the Academic Policies section of this catalog.

The graduate certificate in teaching English as a second language may be pursued on a part-time or full-time basis.

This certificate program qualifies for Title IV Federal Financial Aid. For more information about program graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit our disclosure information page at: irr.gmu.edu/gedt/Teaching_English_As_Second_Language/Gedt.html

This certificate program qualifies for Title IV Federal Financial Aid. For more information about program graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit the disclosure information.

The University Catalog is the authoritative source for information on program requirements and courses. The Schedule of Classes is the authoritative source for information on classes scheduled for this semester. See the Schedule for the most up-to-date information and see Patriot web to register for classes. Requirements may be different for earlier catalog years. See the University Catalog archives.

Certificate Requirements (Catalog Year 2016-2017)

Students pursuing this certificate must complete 18 credits, earning a minimum grade of 3.00 in each course.

Six required courses (18 credits)

LING 520 - Introduction to Linguistics Credits: 3 (This course may be waived if student is concurrently pursuing the English, MA with a concentration in linguistics.)

LING 521 - Applied Linguistics: Teaching English as a Second Language Credits: 3

LING 522 - Modern English Grammar Credits: 3

LING 523 - English Phonetics Credits: 3

LING 525 - Practicum in ESL Credits: 3

LING 582 - Second Language Acquisition Credits: 3

Total: 18 credits

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