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Linguistics Program


Certificate of Graduate Study in TESOL Requirements: K-12 Track

The TESOL Certificate EFL track (primarily for post-secondary ESOL and EFL teaching) requires 18 credit hours of coursework. The maximum time permitted to complete the ESOL Certificate is 4 years.

I. Required courses: 4 courses (12 credit hours)

 LING 600 Survey of Linguistics (3)
LING 795 Principles and Strategies for Teaching ESOL(3)
LING 796 Teaching Reading and Writing to ESOL Learners: Theory and Methodology (3)
LING 798 Practicum in Teaching ESOL (3)*
*Practicum may be waived based on one year’s experience teaching ESOL, and replaced with an elective course.

II. Elective courses: 2 courses (6 credit hours)

Two of the following courses:
LING 521 Applied English Syntax (3)
LING 772 Technology in Foreign Language Education (3)
LING 790 Second Language Acquisition (3)
LING 791 Theory and Methodology in Second Language Acquisition (3)
LING 792 Principles of Instructed Second Language Acquisition and Foreign Language Teaching (3)
LING 891 Seminar in English for Speakers of Other Languages (3)
EDRD 746 Foundations in Reading and Writing for the New Language Learner (3)
EDTE 779 Multicultural Issues of Education. (3)
EDRD 811 Sociocultural Perspectives on Literacy Learning. (3)
EDRM 723 Classroom Assessment Methods. (3)

Time to completion

For full time students, the certificate course work can be completed in one academic year, with the practicum extending through first summer session. The maximum time permitted to complete a Certificate is 4 years. For this program no courses may be transferred from another university, although up to 9 semester hours of overlapping course work from another program at the University of South Carolina may count toward completion of the certificate.

Special note on grades: Graduate students whose GPA falls below 3.00 will be placed on academic probation by The Graduate School and allowed one calendar year in which to raise the cumulative GPA to at least 3.00. Students who do not reach a cumulative 3.00 grade point average during the probationary period will be suspended from graduate study and will not be permitted to enroll for further graduate course work as a degree or a nondegree student.