The Graduate Certificate in TESOL is designed to be a "stand-alone" program but it can also serve as a "step-up" program into a Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language (MA TESL) at Penn State.
The online TESOL certificate curriculum comprises four introductory graduate-level courses containing integrated practical field experiences that enable candidates to gain essential knowledge, skills, and dispositions for teaching adult English language-learners in diverse contexts throughout the world. Specifically, individuals will:
- analyze various domains of language (grammar, lexicon, phonetics, pragmatics) in relation to adult learner language development, and apply these understandings to adult English language teaching
- design, adapt, and evaluate curricula, technology, media, and other resources that meet the specific instructional and language-related needs and abilities of adult English language learners
- develop an understanding of the multilingual/multicultural contexts within which adult English language learners live and work, and the role of learning and using English on an increasingly global scale
- demonstrate effective instructional strategies for one-on-one tutoring, classroom teaching, and learner assessment to create a professional TESOL e-portfolio
All four courses are offered in regular rotation throughout the year to provide maximum flexibility in an effort to meet your professional needs. The graduate certificate can be completed in nine months if you take two courses per semester.
Course List - Graduate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
A key component of the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) curriculum involves practical application and reflection of theoretical concepts addressed in the classes. This means that for each of the four courses below, individuals will be required to have access to a community of nonnative speakers of English. For example, individuals may be required to do one of the following: tutor a nonnative-English-speaking student, teach and/or observe a class for nonnative English speakers, or interview a group of nonnative English speakers.
|Focus on English: Teaching Form, Meaning, and Use||APLNG 802||Develops an understanding of the various domains of the English language as relevant for adult English language learning and teaching.||3 credits|
|Focus on Learners: Identity, Community and Language Learning||APLNG 804||Explores how individual identities shaped by cultural differences, social positioning, institutional roles and structures influence adult English language learning and teaching.||3 credits|
|Focus on Classrooms: Planning and Supporting Language Learning||APLNG 806||Develops a critical awareness of one's teaching practice and highlights instructional planning and classroom interactions with adult English language learners.||3 credits|
|Focus on Instruction: Teaching and Assessing Language Learning||APLNG 808||Develops an understanding of and ability to use effective teaching and assessment practices that support adult English language learning.||3 credits|
Note: As a final capstone project, candidates must complete a professional e-portfolio that demonstrates the skills and competencies acquired in the required course work.