5.1 Graduate Certificate in TESL/TEFL (Teaching English as a Second Language/Teaching English as a Foreign Language)

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5.1.1 About the TESL/TEFL Graduate Certificate

The English Department offers a Graduate Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language/Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TESL/TEFL).

Students in this graduate certificate program must meet two prerequisite requirements and complete a minimum of 12 credit hours of graduate coursework: one foundation course (3 credits) and three graduate courses (9 credits) chosen from a list of accepted courses.

The graduate certificate may be earned either before, after, or concurrently with a master’s or doctoral degree. The standards of admission and the standards to which a certificate student is held are equivalent to those expected of a master’s student. Credits earned for the graduate certificate may also be used to meet degree requirements for a graduate degree if approved by the Program of Study Committee for the graduate degree major.

Requires 12 credits of coursework.

Credits and Time Restrictions

Students are expected to complete a certificate program at Iowa State University within five years. The regular Graduate College course rules apply to certificates. At least one graduate ISU course must be taken after admission or in the same semester as entry into the certificate program.

Certificate programs have a “Director of Certificate Studies (DOCS),” which is the equivalent of a DOGE for a graduate major program.

No graduate assistantship support is available for certificate students.

5.1.2 Certificate program requirements

Prerequisites

Prerequisites for the certificate program include the following courses, or their equivalents. If you have not completed the prerequisites upon entry into the program, you must complete them as soon as possible after admission. If you have completed any of the prerequisites prior to entry in the program and these were completed at a different institution, you must complete a prerequisite equivalency petition and have the course(s) evaluated by the appropriate faculty for equivalency.

  • Engl/Ling 220: Descriptive English Grammar or passing the online grammar test-out
  • Engl/Ling 219: Intro to Linguistics or Engl/Ling 511: Intro to Linguistic Analysis

Core requirement = 3 credits

  • Engl/Ling 524: Literacy: Issues and Methods for Nonnative Speakers of English
    OR
    Engl/Ling 525: Research and Teaching of Second Language Pronunciation

TESL/TEFL coursework chosen from the following courses = 9 credits

  • Engl/Ling 510: Introduction to Computers in Applied Linguistics
  • Engl/Ling 512: Second Language Acquisition
  • Engl/Ling 514: Sociolinguistics
  • Engl/Ling 519: Second Language Assessment
  • Engl/Ling 524: Literacy: Issues and Methods for Nonnative Speakers of English (if not taken as core requirement)
  • Engl/Ling 525: Research and Teaching of Second Language Pronunciation (if not taken as core requirement)
  • Engl/Ling 526: Computer-Assisted Language Learning
  • Engl/Ling 527: Discourse Analysis
  • Engl/Ling 530: Technology and Oral Language
  • Engl/Ling 537: Corpus Approaches to Grammatical Analysis
  • Engl/Ling 588: Supervised Practice Teaching in Teaching English as a Second Language

5.1.3 POS: Program of Study form (Certificate)

Certificate Program of Study

Certificate students do not have a Program of Study (POS) Committee, but do have a certificate supervising professor. No Recommendation for Committee Appointment form is required. The Online Certificate Program of Study (POS) form must be filed no later than the first week of your final term of coursework.

The Online Certificate Program of Study (POS) form represents an agreement between you and the Graduate College regarding fulfillment of certificate program requirements. It lists the courses you have taken or will take for your graduate certificate. You should complete the Certificate POS form with the help of the certificate adviser. At least one graduate ISU course must be taken after admission or in the same semester as entry into the program and is required on the Certificate POS form. If you have transfer credits, you need to submit for approval a Transfer Credit Petition form with copies of transcripts for those courses (a Graduate College requirement).

Because your Certificate POS form is a vital document for your completion of the certificate program, the various check points help catch errors before those errors delay receipt of the certificate. The first and most important check of the Certificate POS form occurs when you meet with the certificate adviser to discuss your POS and obtain a signature on your form. You should fill out the form very carefully, checking to be sure that you fill in all the blanks and get the necessary signatures, including your own. Then submit the form to the Graduate Program Staff Assistant, 227 Ross Hall, where it will be checked, processed for signature by the Director of Certificate Studies (DOCS), and forwarded to the Graduate College for final approval.

Certificate Completion

When you have completed all requirements, contact the Graduate Program Staff Assistant (englgrad@iastate.edu) who will verify that you have met all the requirements and submit a “Certificate Completed” form signed by the Director of Certificate Studies (DOCS) to the Graduate College. The Graduate College then certifies that all requirements have been completed satisfactorily and informs the Registrar’s Office and Graduation Office. The Registrar adds a notation to your permanent record (transcript) indicating that you were granted the Graduate Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language/Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TESL/TEFL) on a specified date, and the Registrar issues a printed ISU graduate certificate after you have satisfactorily completed all requirements.

5.1.4 Student Learning Outcomes

Learning outcomes students in this program are expected to meet include:

  • Demonstrate growth in reflective practice and professionalism in English language teaching.
  • Demonstrate metalinguistic knowledge of English structure and use.
  • Evaluate research in the field to identify its contribution to English language teaching practice.
  • Communicate and collaborate with others to achieve professional goals in for English language teaching.