This four-course sequence (12 s.h.) is valuable for anyone who wishes to gain more knowledge of second/foreign language learning, providing students with an understanding of issues of language acquisition and language pedagogy. It is also useful as a springboard to further graduate work in the field.
The certificate is designed to meet the needs of K-12 language arts instructors who want more information but not necessarily state validation; writing instructors at two-year colleges; and students who would like to enter doctorate programs in Applied Linguistics, English as a Second Language, or Second Language Acquisition.
Students must complete the following four courses:
To be eligible for the Graduate Certificate in the Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages, students need not have an undergraduate degree in English or Linguistics but must have a B.A. or B.S. and meet requirements for admission to the School of Graduate Studies and Research at YSU.
Students who have not taken an introductory linguistics course at the undergraduate level will be expected to do extra readings to get an understanding of basic terms. The department's Advanced Linguistics course (English 6955) may also serve to provide background. Students should see an advisor for the TESOL certificate program.