Why the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Certificate
Students who are interested in teaching children or adults who are non-English native speakers online, abroad, in local non-public school system settings, such as ESL institute, private schools, international English Language Training companies, etc., will benefit from the academic and professional opportunities offered by TESOL program at APSU.
This 6-month online TESOL certificate program at graduate level is designed for candidates who are interested in possessing a high level of knowledge of contemporary theories, pedagogies, and research in TESOL curriculum and instruction, and/or pursuing a position of teaching English as a second/foreign language to adult or child learners in the United States or abroad. Upon successful completion of the 18 credit hour interdisciplinary coursework, candidates will be awarded a TESOL certificate. All the credit hours are eligible to be transferred to Master of Arts in TESOL.
Throughout the TESOL Certificate program, which is offered by College of Education
at APSU accredited by CAEP/NCATE, students will be engaged in current research in
several academic areas including linguistics, literacy, assessment, and pedagogy related
to TESOL/ELL, and will be provided opportunities to gain authentic TESOL/ELL teaching
experience through completing field teaching capstone projects in
authentic ELL classrooms, local or abroad. Excellent graduates will be recommended to appropriate teaching positions in partner institutes/colleges/schools, local or abroad.
The TESOL Certificate program is developed and taught by TESOL/ELL-credentialed faculty who bring their unique expertise, years of handson experience of teaching TESOL/ELL, and practical insight into the classroom, and prepare candidates to be successful classroom teachers in a wide variety of institutional settings and cultural contexts, within and outside of the United States.
What will I Learn
- Students will know, understand, and use the major theories and research related to the structure and acquisition of language.
- Know, understand, and use major concepts, principles, theories, and research related to the nature and role of culture and cultural groups to construct supportive learning environments for ELL students.
- Know, understand, and use research-based practices and strategies related to planning, implementing, and managing standards- based TESOL/ELL instruction.
- Demonstrate an understanding of issues and concepts of assessments and use standards-based procedures with TESOL/ELL students.
- Have the skills to work collaboratively with school staff and the community to improve the learning environment, provide support, and advocate for TESOL/ELL students and their families.