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TESOL Endorsement for Teachers

The TESOL Endorsement is for teachers interested in obtaining the Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) endorsement.

TESOL Endorsement Non-Degree Track - ND8887

Delivery Modes: Athens Campus - resident program with some hybrid options; Online

Program Overview

The program is available to post-baccalaureate students with an Ohio teaching license who are seeking the TESOL endorsement. There are two options for this certificate. For the online-only option, over the course of one summer, students take four Linguistics courses, two during summer session 1 and 2 during summer session 2. For the resident option, the same courses are taken face-to-face and during the fall or spring semesters. 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.

Graduation Requirements

  1. Minimum semester hours required: 16
  2. Field experience: No
  3. Thesis requirement: No
  4. Qualifying exam: No
  5. Comprehensive exam: Ohio Assessment for Educators
  6. Expected time to completion if studying fulltime: 1 summer

Courses

  • 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)

Program Mission

This non-degree endorsement program allows post-baccalaureate students, who hold a valid Ohio teaching license to obtain the necessary training to be eligible to obtain the Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) endorsement.

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 know and 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.

Admission Requirements

  • Ohio Teaching License.
  • For non-native English speakers: Minimum TOEFL: 600 (paper), 100 (iBT), or IELTS: 7.0 overall average.

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