Required Courses

The six courses in the Graduate TESOL Certificate can be completed in two or three semesters, depending on the number of courses taken each semester. Courses focus on pedagogical knowledge and its application to the effective teaching and learning of English to speakers of other languages within a broad spectrum of cultural contexts and instructional settings in the United States and abroad. The emphasis is on ESL/EFL instruction that is both standards-based and performance-based. Course work and experiences address what language learners are expected to know, what they should be able to do, and how well they should be able to do so.

6 Required Courses (18 units)
EDSL 610    Foreign/Second Language Teaching: Methods
Survey of innovative approaches to foreign/second language teaching. An overview of theory and practice in the field, highlighting methods for the development of comprehension and communication skills. Humanistic techniques, teaching the cultural context of language use, and language testing are also included. Formerly EDSL 371. [Students in the Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Learners Option within the MA in education may substitute BLMC 672.]
EDSL 633 Foreign/Second Language Teaching: The Cultural Dimension
This course provides language professionals with an opportunity to examine the cultural dimensions of language teaching and learning. Students investigate context and culture in language teaching, explore ways of addressing culture-related standards, and engage in an in-depth review of research in this area. They also apply their knowledge and skills to enhance interaction and instruction in language classrooms for all learners. [Students in the Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Learners Option within the MA in Education may substitute BLMC 536]
EDSL 635 Current Research and Developments in Foreign/Second Language Education
Theories of language acquisition and applications of research. This course focuses on linguistic, psychological, sociocultural, historical, and legal bases of foreign language and English as a second language. Formerly EDSL 335F.
EDSL 636 Foreign/Second Language Education: Testing and Assessment Practices
Assessment, diagnosis, and evaluation of foreign /second language skills and proficiency. Emphasis on formal and informal assessment techniques. Course is intended for language development and bilingual specialists, foreign language and ESL teachers. Formerly EDSL 335T.
EDSL 637 Curriculum Development: Foreign Languages/English as a Second Language
Articulation of curriculum theory and practice in foreign languages and English as a second language. Focus on examination of instructional programs, techniques, and materials as well as classroom organization. Formerly EDSL 337F.
EDCI 689 Professional Field Experience
Specially designed and supervised field experience activities through coaching or mentoring, appropriate to the level of expertise and profession. Participants enhance competencies related to instruction, curriculum, assessment, and management. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 15.0 units. Credit/no credit grading only. Formerly EDCI 389.

A grade point average of 3.0 on all course work within the program is required for completion. A grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better must be maintained on all course work in the program with at least a “B-“ earned in each course.