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OHIO University Graduate Catalog 2019-20 
OHIO University Graduate Catalog 2019-20 [Archived Catalog]

TESOL Endorsement (Linguistics Track) - Non-Degree

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Certificate Title and Name:  TESOL Endorsement

Certificate Name and Number: TESOL Endorsement (Linguistics Track) – ND8888

Department(s)/Unit(s):  Linguistics Department

Delivery Mode:  Athens Campus

Terms of Entry:  Fall

Enrollment Eligibility:  Current degree-seeking student

Certificate Overview:   The program is available to post-baccalaureate students with an Ohio teaching license who are seeking the endorsement and the Linguistics Master’s degree. Students will take several linguistics courses, including courses on second language acquisition, methods and materials, computer assisted language learning, sociolinguistics and bilingualism, and a language teaching practicum. The language teaching practicum involves fifty hours of field experience during which the candidate will observe and assist a P-12 teacher who has English Language Learners in their class. This field experience can take place in a school or after-school program/club. Candidates are required to maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher throughout the program, and must treat students, colleagues, and instructors with respect and use professional and clear communication within the program. In addition to the coursework, students must successfully pass the state-mandated assessment of English to Speakers of Other Languages (Ohio Assessment for Educators test #021) in order to add the TESOL Endorsement to their Ohio license. Students who complete the TESOL Endorsement or Linguistics MA track may apply to have the TEFL Certificate conferred.  

Certificate Learning Outcomes:
Candidates demonstrate knowledge and understanding of students of diverse cultural and language backgrounds.

  • Candidates demonstrate knowledge and understanding of English structure and usage.
  • Candidates demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the process of language learning.
  • Candidates demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the context of second (new) language acquisition in the United States.
  • Candidates demonstrate knowledge of and skills in the assessment of second (new) language learners.
  • Candidates demonstrate knowledge of and skills in the instruction of linguistically diverse learners, including utilizing technology for their learning.
  • Candidates observe and interact with second (new) language learners.
  • Candidates keep current with research findings, instructional techniques, and education policy issues and use this information to inform their teaching practice and to provide support for English Language Learners and their families.

Opportunities upon Completion:  This TESOL Endorsement, which is added to an existing Ohio teaching license, contributes to increased knowledge and potential higher earnings as well as securing a teaching position. The need for teachers who are trained to work with English Language Learners continues to grow nationally and in Ohio, as the state has settled thousands of refugees and has a large immigrant population.

Completion Requirements:

  1. Minimum semester hours required for the Linguistics MA and TESOL Endorsement: 46
  2. Field experience: Yes, 50 hours. The Language Teaching Practicum includes 50 clock hours of field experience. Students choose their own field experience location. The field experience must involve at least some engagement with P-12 English Language Learners, such as tutoring or teaching. The location can be in a school or in an after-school program or club. All field experience locations and activities will need to be pre-approved by the Language Teaching Practicum professor. No video recording or observations by the Language Teaching Practicum professor are required for this endorsement.
  3. Thesis requirement for this endorsement: No
  4. Qualifying exam for this endorsement: No
  5. Comprehensive exam: Passing the Ohio Assessment for Educators (021) will be required to add the TESOL Endorsement to your Ohio teaching license

Expected time to completion of the Linguistics MA and TESOL Endorsement if studying full-time: 4 semesters

Admission Requirements:

  • Current Ohio Teaching License
  • An overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better and admission into the Linguistics Master’s program
  • Brief statement of purpose (1-2 pages) by the candidate
  • For non-native English speakers: Minimum TOEFL: 600 (paper), 100 (iBT), or IELTS: 7.0 overall average.

International Students:  This certificate program alone does not permit full-time enrollment in residence at Ohio University, and an I-20 cannot be issued based on admission to this certificate. However, this certificate can be completed as an integral part of the Master’s in Arts in Applied Linguistics (MA5291), and an I-20 may be issued based on admission to that degree program.

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