Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Certificate

Department of English, College of Arts & Sciences

Vision Statement

The Department of English offers students the opportunity to obtain a Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. Completion of these requirements does not certify a graduate to teach in Nebraska public schools. Instead, it is an academic credential meant for teachers already certified in other areas, for people who plan to teach in venues other than public schools, and for anyone who works in some capacity with non-native speakers of English.

Program Contact Information:

Dr. Tracy Bridgeford, Graduate Program Chair (GPC)

Arts & Science Hall (ASH) 192

402-554-3312

tbridgeford@unomaha.edu

Program Website:

http://www.unomaha.edu/english/grad.php

Application Deadlines:

Applications for this program are accepted on a rolling basis. All materials must be submitted prior to the beginning of the semester in which the student has elected to begin coursework.

Application Requirements:

  • Online Application
  • One official copy of transcripts for ALL institutions previously attended
  • Application Fee
  • If English is not the language of nurture, official test scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE exam are required
    • 500 on the written TOEFL
    • 173 on the computer-based TOEFL
    • 61 on the internet-based TOEFL
    • 5.5 on the IELTS
    • 44 on the PTE
  • Minimum GPA of at least 3.0 in undergraduate courses related to proposed major

Program-Specific Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree with a major or minor in one of the following areas: English or foreign language teaching field, English, a foreign language, or the equivalent. Students with degrees in other fields should contact the English Graduate Program Director at 402-554-3312.
  • All students whose language of nurture is not English must demonstrate oral and written mastery of English as certified by the Department of English. The Department of English requires non-native speakers of English to have a TOEFL score of 600 (paper-based), 250 (computer-based), or 100 (internet-based) to be eligible for conditional admission.
  • If an applicant has been admitted to the MA in English, an application fee and transcripts are not required.

Cert-TESL Requirements

Cert-TESL Required Courses:

ENGL 8615Introduction to Linguistics

3 credits

ENGL 8656Structure of English

3 credits

ENGL 8696Topics in Linguistics

3 credits

TED 8006/TED 4000Special Methods in the Content Area

3 credits

OR

ENGL 8696Topics in Linguistics

3 credits

ENGL 8676Sociolinguistics

3 credits

The Linguistics faculty strongly recommends that all TESOL certificate students achieve oral and written proficiency in a second language.

Students may not repeat any courses already taken at the undergraduate level.

Students may substitute up to three required courses with a course from the approved list below.

TESOL Certificate students must obtain permission for substitutions from the Director for TESOL Certificates.

ENGL 8696Topics in Linguistics

3 credits

ENGL 8740Seminar: Discourse, Culture, and Power

3 credits

ENGL 8756Composition Theory and Pedagogy

3 credits

FLNG 8020Seminar: FL/TESOL Research

3 credits

FLNG 8030Seminar: Second Language Acquisition Theory

3 credits

FLNG 8040Seminar: Assessment & Curriculum Design

3 credits

TED 8250Assessment for the Classroom Teacher

3 credits

ENGL 8696: (one course from approved topics)

ENGL 8756: (in place of ENGL 800 TA Seminar)

Or one of the following:
ENGL 8816/JOUR 8816Digital Literacies for Technical Communicators

3 credits

ENGL 8836/JOUR 8836Technical Communication

3 credits

TED Elective in Instructional Technology:

one course from:

TED 8540Intro to Technology Tools for Learning

3 credits

TED 8550Digital Multi-media in Learning

3 credits

TED 8560Supporting Instructional Technology Environments

3 credits

TED 8570Internet in the Learning Process

3 credits

TED 8580Collaboration Tools in the Learning Process

3 credits

TED 8770Integrating Technology into Instructional Design

3 credits

Total Credit Hours: 15