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Online TESOL Endorsement for Teachers

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  • Offered fully online.
  • Can be completed in one summer.
  • Endorsement for Ohio licensed teachers.
  • Includes Graduate Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language.

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The TESOL Endorsement is for teachers with an Ohio teaching license who are interested in obtaining the Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) endorsement. Those who do not have an Ohio teaching license can pursue the same coursework through the TEFL graduate certificate. The TEFL Certificate will be awarded to students who complete the TESOL endorsement courses.

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Program Code: TESOL Endorsement Non-Degree Track - ND8887

Delivery Modes: Offered fully online.

For more information, contact Dr. Dawn Bikowski.

About the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Endorsement

The program is available to post-baccalaureate students with an Ohio teaching license who are seeking the TESOL endorsement.

  • Online: The four online classes can be taken over the course of one summer—two during Summer Session 1 and two during Summer Session 2—or in a combination of Summer, Fall, and Spring courses.
  • On Campus in Athens: For the resident option, the same courses are taken face-to-face and during the Fall or Spring Semesters.

The program is available to post-baccalaureate students with an Ohio teaching license who are seeking the endorsement only and not the M.A. in Applied Linguistics degree. Students will take four linguistics courses: introduction to linguistics, language learning, methods and materials, and a language teaching practicum. The language teaching practicum involves 50 hours of field experience during which the candidate will observe and assist a P-12 teacher who has English Language Learners in class. This field experience can take place in a school or after-school program/club. Candidates are required to maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher throughout the program, and must treat students, colleagues, and instructors with respect and use professional and clear communication within the program. In addition to the coursework, students must successfully pass the state-mandated assessment of English to Speakers of Other Languages (Ohio Assessment for Educators test #021) in order to add the TESOL Endorsement to their Ohio license. Students who complete the TESOL Endorsement may apply to have the TEFL Certificate conferred. 

Career Opportunities upon Completion

This TESOL Endorsement, which is added to an existing Ohio teaching license, contributes to increased knowledge and potential higher earnings as well as securing a teaching position. The need for teachers who are trained to work with English Language Learners continues to grow nationally and in Ohio, as the state has settled thousands of refugees and has a large immigrant population. Teachers who complete the endorsement have the opportunity to put 10 of these credit hours toward a Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics at Ohio University.

Complete the TESOL Endorsement in Summer 2019

Students can complete the online TESOL endorsement in one summer by taking two classes during Summer Session 1 and two classes during Summer Session 2. See other options for completing the program.

How to Earn the TESOL Endorsement

All candidates are required to maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher throughout the program. Students must pass the appropriate Ohio Assessment for Educator examination in order to add the TESOL endorsement to their teaching license. Candidates must treat students, colleagues, and instructors with respect and use professional and clear communication within the program.

Note: Upon completion of all TESOL Endorsement coursework, candidates have five years to apply to have the endorsement added to their Ohio License.After five years, all coursework expires and must be retaken.

It is incumbent upon students outside Ohio to verify whether the course or program meets requirements for professional licensure in their state.

Completion Requirements

  1. Minimum semester hours required: 14
  2. Required courses: LING 5500 Introduction to Linguistics; LING 5750 Language Learning; LING 5800 Methods and Materials in TEFL; LING 5920 Language Teaching Practicum
  3. Field experience: Yes, 50 hours. The Language Teaching Practicum includes 50 clock hours of field experience. Students choose their own field experience location. The field experience must involve at least some engagement with P-12 English Language Learners, such as tutoring or teaching. The location can be in a school or in an after-school program or club. All field experience locations and activities will need to be pre-approved by the Language Teaching Practicum professor. No video recording or observations by the Language Teaching Practicum professor are required for this endorsement.
  4. Thesis requirement: No
  5. Qualifying exam: No
  6. Comprehensive exam: Passing the Ohio Assessment for Educators (021) will be required to add the TESOL Endorsement to your Ohio teaching license
  7. Expected time to completion if studying full-time: One semester if taking summer intensive program; four semesters if taking courses in fall and spring.

Courses

14 credit hours

  • LING 5500: Introduction to Linguistics (4 credit hours)
  • LING 5750: Language Learning (4 credit hours)
  • LING 5800: TESOL Methods and Materials (4 credit hours)
  • *LING 5920: Language Teaching Practicum (2 credit hours)

*The Language Teaching Practicum includes 50 clock hours of field experience. Students choose their own field experience location. The field experience must involve at least some engagement with English Language Learners, such as tutoring or teaching. The location can be in a school, or in an after-school program or club. All field experience locations and activities will need to be pre-approved by the Language Teaching Practicum professor. No video recording or observations by the Language Teaching Practicum professor are required for this endorsement. The field work hours can be completed during the next Fall Semester at no extra cost (pre-approval necessary).

Admission Requirements

  • Current Ohio Teaching License
  • An overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better
  • Brief statement of purpose (1-2 pages) by the candidate
  • For non-native English speakers: Minimum TOEFL: 600 (paper), 100 (iBT), or IELTS: 7.0 overall average.

International Students

This endorsement program does not permit full-time enrollment in residence at Ohio University, and an I-20 cannot be issued based on admission to this program.

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How to Apply

The deadline for submitting applications for Summer is April 15. The application deadline for Fall is July 15. 

  • Select this status from the collected options in green: “Non–Degree Seeking (Certificate/Endorsement, Exchange, Transient, Post-Baccalaureate).”
  • Create an account and then, on Page 2 of the application, find the TESOL Endorsement Non-Degree Track - ND8887.

To find ND8887, you can click on the "Show All Program Names" tab at the top of the page and choose Linguistics — TESOL Endorsement Non-Degree Track ND8887 OR scroll down through the list of departments to the Department of Linguistics and then choose TESOL Endorsement Non-Degree Track ND8887.

After selecting the TESOL Endorsement, choose the term you want to begin. (Note: the endorsement can be completed online in one summer.)

Options for Completing the Program

  • Option 1: Complete all courses online in one summer (May - August)
  • Option 2: Begin online courses in the summer and continue online courses through the fall and/or spring (May - May)
  • Option 3: Complete courses on the Athens campus Fall and Spring
  • Option 4: Complete some online courses in the summer and on-campus ones in Fall and/or Spring

Tuition & Fees

Tuition and fees are assessed based on the number of credit hours of enrollment, Ohio residency and program. See "Graduate Programs with Differential Tuition" on the Tuition and Fee Rates webpage [PDF]. The current Ohio resident cost (tuition and fees) is $508 per credit hour; the non-Ohio resident cost per credit hour is $527.

Program Mission

The program allows students studying at the graduate level who are not enrolled in the Linguistics graduate program to become licensed to teach P-12 English Language students. Candidates must already hold a valid Ohio teaching license.

Program Learning Objectives

  • Candidates demonstrate knowledge and understanding of students of diverse cultural and language backgrounds.
  • Candidates demonstrate knowledge and understanding of English structure and usage.
  • Candidates demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the process of language learning.
  • Candidates demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the context of second (new) language acquisition in the United States.
  • Candidates demonstrate knowledge of and skills in the assessment of second (new) language learners.
  • Candidates demonstrate knowledge of and skills in the instruction of linguistically diverse learners, including utilizing technology for their learning.
  • Candidates observe and interact with second (new) language learners.
  • Candidates keep current with research findings, instructional techniques, and education policy issues and use this information to inform their teaching practice and to provide support for English Language Learners and their families.