Department of Learning and Teaching
Program of Study
The graduate certificate in TESOL consists of 12 graduate units in the School of Leadership and Education Sciences. Certificate candidates will acquire a working knowledge of linguistics, first and second language acquisition and the cultural and social contexts of learning listening, speaking, and writing skills in English with speakers of other languages. TESOL certificate candidates will examine the latest theories, research and applications in TESOL, and acquire the knowledge and cultural competencies to assume leadership roles in their areas of expertise. Two features distinguish this certificate from other certificate programs: (1) the practicum experience that candidates will receive in various educational, public, private, and community settings where English is taught, and (2) a three-unit course that will provide an international context and experience where candidates will learn about language, culture, education and traditions of a nation other than their own through international travel.
Program of Study (12 units)
|Course Number||Course Title||Graduate Units|
|EDUC 529||Language, Literacy and Culture||3|
|EDUC 541||Second Language Acquisition and Development||3|
|EDUC 543C||Methods of Teaching Literacy in ESL||3|
|EDUC 540||Introduction to Language and Linguistic Analysis||3|
Frequently Asked Questions
How long will the program take me?
Typically students complete this certificate in 1 year or less. When pursued concurrently with a master's degree, the total time to completion is typically around 2 years. The time to completion depends on the students' pace.
How many units are included?
The certificate consists of 12 units.
When are classes scheduled?
SOLES classes typically meet once per week at 1:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m. or 7:00 p.m. for 2 hours and 50 minutes at a time.
Can I work while completing this program?
It is possible to work full-time while completing this program since the practicum and much of the coursework take place in the late afternoon and evening. However, some required courses are offered on a daytime schedule which may require a flexible work schedule.