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Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Graduate Certificate

The WRD department offers a Graduate Certificate in TESOL, which may be completed by students in an existing DePaul graduate program or by students who wish to complete only the Certificate. Made up of courses in the programs of Writing, Rhetoric, & Discourse, Bilingual-Bicultural Education, English, and Modern Languages, the Certificate prepares students to teach English as a Second Language (ESL) to adult learners in the United States and abroad. The Certificate may also be attractive to faculty at non-U.S. institutions who wish to come to the U.S. for education in working with second language learners.

Course Requirements

Course Title Quarter Hours
Theory
Select one of the following:4
BBE 526
THEORETICAL FOUNDATIONS OF TEACHING ESL AND WLE
MOL 454
THEORETICAL FOUNDATIONS/CURRENT RESEARCH SECOND/FOREIGN LANGUAGE ACQUISITION
BBE 466
FIRST AND SECOND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION
BBE 510
SPECIAL TOPICS IN LANGUAGE EDUCATION AND CULTURE (when topic is relevant)
BBE 560
SECOND, WORLD AND HERITAGE LANGUAGE ACQUISITION K-12
WRD 512
TOPICS IN LANGUAGE (when topic is relevant)
Methods
Select one of the following:4
WRD 543
TEACHING ESL WRITING
WRD 544
TEACHING ENGLISH AS A SECOND OR FOREIGN LANGUAGE
WRD 550
TOPICS IN TEACHING WRITING AND LANGUAGE (when topic is relevant)
Sociolinguistics
Select one of the following:4
WRD 507
GLOBAL ENGLISHES
WRD 514
SOCIOLINGUISTICS
BBE 510
SPECIAL TOPICS IN LANGUAGE EDUCATION AND CULTURE (when topic is relevant)
Language Structure
Select one of the following:4
ENG 400
STRUCTURE OF MODERN ENGLISH
ENG 401
HISTORY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
ENG 408
STYLISTICS
ENG 478
TOPICS IN TEACHING (Grammar for Teachers) 1
WRD 512
TOPICS IN LANGUAGE (when topic is relevant)
WRD 546
PEDAGOGICAL GRAMMAR
Field Experience
20 hours of field experience working with adult language learners. Field experience will be arranged individually with the Coordinator of the Certificate program.

Students completing the Master’s in Bilingual-Bicultural Education can complete the Certificate program by taking their Theory and Sociolinguistics courses in BBE and their Methods and Language Structure courses in WRD; they must complete all requirements for the BBE program to receive the Master’s degree. Students in the Master of Arts in English (MAE) may complete their Language and Structure requirement in English; any two additional courses form the list above will count for credit in both MAE and the TESOL Certificate. For Students in the MA in WRD, a maximum of two courses (8 credits) from MOL or BBE may be counted as credits toward the MA in WRD degree.

Students who are concurrently completing any other graduate degree program at DePaul must work with their program director/advisor to determine if TESOL Certificate courses will count toward their degree requirements.

Admission Requirements

Applications are accepted at any time, and students may begin the program at the start of any academic quarter. The program is open to both non-degree seeking students and students concurrently enrolled in a DePaul graduate degree program. All applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree.

There are two processes for applying to the program, depending on the status of the applicant.

Current graduate students in any DePaul program should write a personal statement of 300-500 words describing their interest in the certificate, prior experience in TESOL or related fields, and professional goals for pursuing the certificate. Email the statement to the TESOL Coordinator, Professor Jason Schneider​.

Applicants who are not currently enrolled as DePaul students should apply online​, and be prepared to submit the following:

  • an LAS graduate admission online application
  • transcripts from all schools attended
  • a personal statement of 300-500 words describing their interest in the program, prior experience in TESOL or related fields, and professional goals for pursuing the certificate

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