Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Certificate Program

There are many opportunities for teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL).This UM-Dearborn certificate program is specifically designed for individuals seeking opportunities both locally or internationally and will prepare students with the requisite content knowledge and pedagogy to teach English to students or adults outside of the PK-12 public school system. Certificate holders may find careers with non-U.S. agencies/institutions in order to meet international needs to provide English instruction to their student populations. 

This certificate does not lead to state teacher certification or a state endorsement. For those interested in PK-12 certification, please refer to the ESL Endorsement.

The TESOL certificate program requires 12 graduate credit hours. All of the courses will prepare certificate students with the requisite content knowledge, pedagogy, and skills to teach non-native speakers of English.  

Time Limits

The program is designed so that students can complete their certificates in one year (three semesters). EDM 505, will be offered in fall semesters, EDC 555 is currently offered in the winter. EDA 555, EDD 547, and EDD 548 are currently offered in the summer semesters. Students must complete the certificate program within three years, from the date of first enrollment.

Admissions Requirements

All applicants must submit evidence of each of the following to the Office of Student Success along with a completed Post-Degree Application Form umdearborn.edu/cehhs/tesol/.

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution.
  • A 2.75 or higher grade point average (GPA is based on a 4.0).
  • An official transcript from college or university granting the undergraduate degree and one from each college or university attended.
  • Submit a completed Post-Degree Application Form and non-refundable $30.00 application fee (payable by check or money order to University of Michigan-Dearborn). This fee is waived for applicants who have previously paid an application fee to any University of Michigan campus.

Transfer of Credits

A student may transfer in up to six (6) credit hours of graduate credit from the University of Michigan-Dearborn or another accredited institution provided the credits have not previously been applied to another degree or certificate. Credit hours transferred from other institutions must be taken within 5 years before enrollment with a grade of B or better.

Minimum Grade Point

A cumulative grade point average of 2.75 is required for continuation in the program. Courses in which grades of D, E, or U are earned cannot be used to fulfill requirements. Students whose cumulative grade point average falls below a 2.75 will be placed on probation. Continued deficiencies will result in a required withdrawal from the program.

For more information, call 313-593-5090 or visit: umdearborn.edu/cehhs/tesol/

TESOL Requirements

Core Coursework
EDC 555Assmt: Sec Lang Learning K-122
EDD 548Pract: Tch Engl as Secnd Lang1
EDD 547Tchng English as Second Lang3
EDM 505ESL Strategies for the Classrm3
EDA 555Lang,Clture,Litrcy&Power in Ed3
Total Credit Hours12

All of the coursework is available online.

EDA 555     Lang,Clture,Litrcy&Power in Ed     3 Credit Hours

During this course we will examine the social/cultural functions of language with an emphasis on schools and other applied educational settings. Through our readings, discussions, and class activities, students will gains a greater appreciation for the ways in which language varies across cultures, social settings, and situations.

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Graduate
Can enroll if Level is Rackham or Graduate

EDC 555     Assmt: Sec Lang Learning K-12     2 Credit Hours

In this course, students will learn to identify, assess, and place second language learners for appropriate instruction and instructional programs. Students will review, evaluate, and implement a variety of assessment instruments and strategies intended for use with limited English proficient students, K-12. Students will also examine the impact and issues regarding high-stakes assessments on English language learners. Official admission to and good standing in the teacher certification program are required. (W).

Prerequisite(s): EDD 596 and EDD 597 and EDD 547 and EDD 548

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Graduate
Can enroll if College is Education, Health, and Human Services

EDD 547     Tchng English as Second Lang     3 Credit Hours

This course examines current methodologies and theories for English as a second language learning and instruction. Emphasis will be placed on a standards-based curriculum for English language learners. The use of communicative activities and strategies for developing English language skills in the elementary grades will be emphasized. Official admission to and good standing in teacher certification program are required. (F).

Corequisite(s): EDD 548

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Post-baccalaureate Cert only or Graduate
Can enroll if College is Education, Health, and Human Services

EDD 548     Pract: Tch Engl as Secnd Lang     1 Credit Hour

This course examines current methodologies and theories for English as a second language learning and instruction. Emphasis will be placed on a standards-based curriculum for English language learners. The use of communicative activities and strategies for developing English language skills in the elementary grades will be emphasized. Official admission to and good standing in teacher certification program are required. TB clearance, physician's statement of good health, criminal background clearance, and bloodborne pathogens/infectious diseases training are required. (F).

Corequisite(s): EDD 547

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Post-baccalaureate Cert only or Graduate
Can enroll if College is Education, Health, and Human Services

EDM 505     ESL Strategies for the Classrm     3 Credit Hours

This course examines a variety of instructional approaches to teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) which are being used throughout the United States. These approaches will be discussed in light of underlying language learning theories. Instructional materials representing various approaches to teaching ESL will be examined. Students will also have the opportunity to construct instructional material for use in teaching ESL.

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Post-baccalaureate NCFD or Post-baccalaureate Cert only or Graduate

 
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An asterisk denotes that a course may be taken concurrently.

Frequency of Offering

The following abbreviations are used to denote the frequency of offering: (F) fall term; (W) winter term; (S) summer term; (F, W) fall and winter terms; (YR) once a year; (AY) alternating years; (OC) offered occasionally