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TESOL Endorsement – Linguistics Track

The program allows students who are 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.

Teachers with an Ohio teaching license can pursue the TESOL Endorsement for Teachers.

The same courses are available through the TEFL graduate certificate.

TESOL Endorsement Linguistics Track - ND8888

Delivery Mode: Athens Campus - resident program with some hybrid options

TESOL is Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. 

Program Overview

The program is available to post-baccalaureate students with an Ohio teaching license who are seeking the endorsement and the Linguistics master’s degree. Students will take several linguistics courses, including courses on second language acquisition, TESOL methods and materials, computer assisted language learning, sociolinguistics and bilingualism, and a language teaching practicum. The language teaching practicum involves 50 hours of field experience during which the candidate will observe and assist a licensed ESL teacher. The ESL teacher and a Linguistics faculty member will meet with the candidate regularly during the experience to provide direction and feedback. Candidates are required to maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher throughout the program. In addition to the coursework, students must successfully complete four assessments: 1) a state-mandated assessment of English to speakers of other languages (Ohio Assessment for Educators), 2) a language analysis and instructional strategy project, 3) a lesson plan, justification, and teaching demonstration assessment, and 4) a teacher work sample (edTPA).

Graduation Requirements

  • Minimum semester hours required: 46
  • Field experience: Yes, 50 hours
  • Thesis requirement: No
  • Qualifying exam: No
  • Comprehensive exam: Ohio Assessment for Educators
  • Expected time to completion if studying fulltime: 2-3 semesters

Admission Requirements

  • Acceptance into the Linguistics M.A. program.
  • Completion of a baccalaureate degree in a teacher licensure program.
  • Ohio Teaching License obtained.
  • An overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better.
  • For non-native English speakers: Minimum TOEFL: 600 (paper), 100 (iBT), or IELTS: 7.0 overall average.
  • Brief statement of purpose (1-2 pages) by the candidate.
  • One letter of support from a professional colleague.

Program Mission

The program allows students who are 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 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.

Candidates observe, participate and practice teaching in second (new) language instruction in classroom settings with experienced certified/licensed teachers having TESOL validation endorsement.

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