Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Graduate Certificate (TESOL)

Candidates for a graduate certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages pursue studies in the Structure of English, General Linguistics, Sociolinguistics, Psycholinguistics, and Teaching English as a Second Language in addition to a 3-hour elective and a 1-hour practicum.  Holding the certificate will bring enhanced professional status and will also enable the holder to meet the 18-hour SACS requirement to teach at the postsecondary level.  Courses are offered through Distance Education at the Mesquite Metroplex Center, the A&M-Commerce main campus, and other locations in the region.  There is no campus residency requirement for this certificate and it is available to degree- or non-degree-seeking students.  Please contact Dr. Lucy Pickering at 903/886-5252 or lucy.pickering@tamuc.edu for more information.

Certificate Requirements:

Coursework must be completed at A&M-Commerce with a 3.0 GPA on all courses used for the certificate.  Nineteen semester hours from the following (no substitutions):

ENG 501 Structure of the English Language
ENG 555 General Linguistics
ENG 557 Teaching English as a Second/Other
Language Methods I
ENG 558 Sociolinguistics
ENG 562 Psycholinguistics
ENG 596 Psycholinguistics (1 hr Practicum)
And One Course from the Following:
ENG 559 Language and Culture in the Classroom
ENG 771 Theory and Practice of Teaching Reading
and Writing in College
ENG 579 Style and Stylistics
FLL 511 Teaching a Second Language

Required Documents for Admission:

  • Application
  • Application fee: $50 domestic student
  • All official transcripts - Bachelor's degree, including all transcripts used towards the bachelor's degree.  Any master's degree transcript or transcripts with graduate coursework (if applicable).