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Statesboro, GA 30458
Certification in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages/Applied Linguistics
Consider earning a graduate certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)/Applied Linguistics in order to enrich your credential and expand your job opportunities. Georgia Southern’s TESOL/Applied Linguistics certificate is offered jointly through the College of Education and the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.
Obtaining a graduate certificate in TESOL/Applied Linguistics will help you to:
• Enter a field with a 15 percent job growth rate through 2018, higher than the average of all other occupations combined, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
• Expand your earning potential. The average salary for high school ESL teachers in the U.S. is $52,240
• Teach at colleges and private schools around the world
• Choose from many career opportunities, such as director for an ESL program, developer of English language material, government agency adviser or private language tutor
Individual applying for a graduate certificate in TESOL/Applied Linguistics should have an interest in education and language study, developed through such disciplines as education, English, foreign languages, linguistics, writing or complimentary areas of the humanities or social sciences.
This graduate certificate program is offered fully online and usually takes a year to complete.
College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Department of Writing & Linguistics, Dr. Thomas B. Klein, Georgia Southern University, P.O. Box 8026, Statesboro, GA 30460, phone (912) 478-0739, fax (912) 478-0783,
College of Education, Department of Teaching & Learning, Dr. Scott A. Beck, Georgia Southern University, P.O. Box 8134, Statesboro, GA 30460, phone (912) 478-0354, fax (912) 478-0026,
A student normally must have the following items in his or her portfolio:
1. Completed requirements for the Bachelor’s degree in a college accredited by proper regional accrediting association or the equivalent at a recognized international university.
2. A 2.75 (4.0 scale) cumulative grade point average in undergraduate work.
3. Regular admission is typically offered to applicants who fulfill criteria set by the College of Graduate Studies (COGS). Note that applicants to graduate certificate programs do not submit GRE scores.
4. Three (3) letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the applicant’s academic or employment experience.
5. Statement of career goals and objectives.
In addition to the items above, international students for whom English is not a first or native language must have the following TOEFL scores: (a) Paper Based Test - score of 600 or higher and TWE (Test of Written English) - score of 5 or higher; or (b) Internet-based Test (iBT) - Reading: 22 or higher (“high”); Listening: 22 or higher (“high”); Speaking: 26 or higher (“good”); Writing: 24 or higher (“good”) for a total score of 94 or higher.
The TOEFL will be waived for students who have graduated from a U.S. college or university.
Program of Study
The Graduate Certificate program requires a total of 18 credit hours and is offered fully online. It takes a total of 1 year to complete the six-course sequence.
Requirements : 18 Hours
ESED 5234G - Cultural Issues: ESOL (3)
ESED 5235G - Methods for ESOL (3)
LING 6131 - Applied Phonology (3)
LING 6133 - Applied English Grammar (3)
LING 6231 - Language, Nation, & Globalization (3)
LING 6233 - Teaching English Internationally (3)
Please Note: This certificate program does not lead to State of Georgia, Professional Standards Commission-issued teacher certification.
Meet our faculty
Dr. Scott Beck
• Studied linguistics at Cornell University and studied language education at the University of Georgia
• Traveled and taught in Mexico, Mauritania and Malaysia
Dr. Thomas Klein
• Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of Delaware
• Taught linguistics at the University of Manchester, Georgetown University and Swarthmore College
Dr. Martha Pennington
• A.B. honors (cum laude) philosophy from Bryn Mawr College
• M.A. and Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania
• Taught at universities in England, Japan and Hong Kong
Classification: Master's College or University I
Locale: Remote Town
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