English has become the most widely used language in the world today, particularly in the areas of science, commerce and education. Tens of thousands of students in developing countries are required to learn English in school. Thousands more study English in order to pursue careers or educational programs demanding English language skills. Refugees and immigrants to the United States desire English to survive and to establish themselves in their new homeland. There is thus a considerable demand for qualified teachers of English both here and abroad.
The Certificate in TESOL is designed to enable post-baccalaureate students
to develop both a solid academic foundation in second language pedagogy
and practical skills in teaching English in crosscultural situations.
The TESOL graduate programs require nine units of foundational work in language,
culture, and Bible. Students who enter without such a background are required
to take three units each of Introduction to Linguistics, Intercultural Communication
and Bible (or their equivalents).
The Certificate in TESOL requires 18 semester units of prescribed
course work, beyond the foundational units, with at least nine units
taken while in residency. Practice teaching is required.
Applicants must meet the qualifications specified in the Admission
to the School of Intercultural Studies section. In addition to
these, foreign applicants who are non-native English speakers must
demonstrate both spoken and written proficiency in English through
an oral interview and by submitting their TOEFL (Test of English as a
Foreign Language) results. The TOEFL must have been taken within
the past five years. A score of 600 paper / 250 computer with a TWE
score of 5 is normally required for admission to the graduate programs
in the department. Non-native speakers are also expected to
demonstrate oral English proficiency by means of an interview with
a faculty member.
Because teachers and applied linguists are expected to have a high
degree of competence in written English, all new graduate students,
both native and non-native English speakers, are required to take
the department’s Writing Proficiency Exam. If the results of the exam
indicate that additional work in written grammar and composition is
needed to enable a student to perform at the level expected for this
field, he or she will be expected to do independent supplementary
work on writing or to take and pass one or more writing courses
available on campus, including special studies courses, SS 500 or SS
501, described below.
All graduate programs in the department require as a prerequisite
a minimum of three semester units of acceptable Bible or theology
coursework at the upper division or graduate level in addition to the
specified foundational units.
Foundational units may be taken concurrently with regular program
courses but should normally be completed by the end of the first
Students normally begin their program in the fall.
All students must successfully complete all required coursework with
a minimum grade point average of 3.0 to qualify for graduation. No
TAL course with a grade less than a B (3.0) will be counted for the
Certificate or M.A.
The Certificate in TESOL and the Certificate in Linguistics are usually
completed within one year by full-time students, but part-time
students may have up to four years to complete it.
(May be taken concurrently with program courses.)
||Bible / Theology
||Introduction to Language & Linguistics
Certificate in TESOL
||Structure of English
||Introduction to TESOL — Adult
||Materials Evaluation & Preparation
||Communicating Values through TESOL
||Second Language Acquisition
||Practicum in TESOL II