Graduate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Graduate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Program Description

The Graduate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) provides post-baccalaureate content in instrumental skills for teaching English Language Learners. The graduate certificate focuses on the four basic language skills: writing, reading, listening, and speaking. By the course end, students will understand how linguistics theory relates to the pedagogy of teaching these four skills to ESL/EFL students.

Program Learning Outcomes

Westcliff University endeavors to produce capable and knowledgeable students who manifest an understanding of work and careers and an ability to adapt quickly to the expectations of employers and the work environment. The Graduate Certificate in TESOL requires both academic and personal growth of its students, contributing to their success as classroom teachers. To this end, Westcliff University and the College of Education strive to realize the following set of program outcomes for all our graduates from the Graduate Certificate in TESOL Program.

The current Graduate Certificate in TESOL Program Learning Outcomes are to:

  1. Demonstrate principles of language pedagogy and of current best practices in the development of language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) for English language learners (ELLs); explain how these principles are based on research into language acquisition and the teaching of these various skill areas.
  2. Show proficiency in spoken and written English at a level commensurate with the role of a language model of the anticipated English teaching context.
  3. Consider current TESOL pedagogy in the creation of effective learning-centered productive (speaking and writing) and receptive (listening and reading) skills lesson plans for diverse groups of learners in a variety of teaching contexts; evaluate materials, produce content and level appropriate lesson plans, and employ the skills required to explain the English language system.
  4. Incorporate current approaches, methods, activities, resources and formal/informal assessment tools to teach learning-centered productive and receptive skills lessons in order to scaffold students’ learning and language skill development while promoting learner agency and autonomy.
  5. Identify and apply the skills necessary for effective leadership, collaboration, and communication in and out of the classroom and/or institution.
  6. Analyze, discuss, and integrate ethical values and issues in the development of English language skills.
  7. Select, assess, and implement technology in the development of language skills for ELLs within a wide variety of TESOL contexts while demonstrating advanced knowledge of and technical proficiency in digital technologies that can be specifically used to creatively support diverse language learners.
  8. Formulate and build upon the application of analytical and quantitative reasoning and classroom research procedures to guide, support, and solve complex issues in the development of language skills in the TESOL field.
  9. Recognize when information and/or analysis is needed and develop skills to find, appraise, and effectively synthesize and compose needed information and content found in English language skill development literature.
  10. Construct and challenge critical thinking skills through inquiry and reflection on theory, practice, and beliefs of teaching and learning in regards to language skill development.

Admission Requirements

For acceptance into the Graduate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages program, applicants must satisfy the following criteria:

  • An applicant with a Bachelor-level degree from a regionally or nationally accredited institution with a minimum of 2.5 cumulative G.P.A. can apply for entrance into Westcliff University. Undergraduate degrees obtained outside of the United States will only be accepted if they have been evaluated by a member in good standing of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) or another nationally recognized credentialing service. In this case, the listed U.S. degree equivalency will be used.

Program Requirements

To complete a Graduate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), students must complete the four (4) courses listed below—12 credit hours total.

TSL 512 Writing Instruction 3 credit hours
TSL 532 Listening and Speaking Instruction 3 credit hours
TSL 545 Reading Instruction 3 credit hours
CAP 670 Practicum 3 credit hours