Graduate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

The graduate certificate in teaching English to speakers of other languages is ideal for prospective teachers in both ESL and content areas who wish to teach in the United States and abroad. Students learn to identify and interpret the characteristics and needs of English learners and apply knowledge in the practice of instructional methodology and assessment that develops academic and social English proficiency. The four courses in the TESOL graduate certificate count towards most state licensure or add-on endorsement requirements and provide students with knowledge and skills needed to achieve on the English for Speakers of Other Languages Praxis Test.

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The following requirements must be fulfilled: 12 credits in required courses.

All courses must be completed with a minimum grade of B.

The proposed TESOL Graduate Certificate Program will require completion of the following courses with grades B or above:

  1. CPED 6557: Second Language Acquisition
  2. CPED 6551: Second Language Instruction (Methods)
  3. CPED 6627: Teaching Second Language Reading and Writing
  4. CPED 6556: Linguistic Applications in English as a Second Language (ESL)

The recommended sequence of courses is:

  • Fall Semester (6 credits): CPED 6551: Second Language Instruction and CPED 6557: Second Language Acquisition
  • Spring Semester (3 credits): CPED 6627: Teaching Second Language Reading and Writing
  • Summer Semester: CPED 6556 (3 credits): Linguistic Applications in ESL (online)

Students can complete the proposed TESOL Graduate Certificate Program in two semesters and a summer, or approximately 11 months. Offering the final course in the sequence online will accommodate students who move outside the GW area as they complete the program.

Students also have the option of completing the certificate in four semesters by enrolling in 3 credits each semester. It is recommended that students in the four-semester option would take CPED 6551: Second Language Instruction during the first semester (Fall I) and CPED 6557: Second Language Acquisition during the fourth semester (Fall II).