College of Humanities and Social Sciences
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

The Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) Graduate Certificate Launches at Mason

George Mason University’s English department and its linguistics program are now offering a graduate certificate program that is entirely online: the graduate certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL). The program trains students to work as English language instructors for adult language learners in the US and abroad, offering a sound base in linguistic theory, the fundamentals of English speech, and the skills to teach successfully to non-native learners.

Certification requires the successful completion of 18 credits, including courses in linguistic theory, modern English grammar, phonetics, second language acquisition, and a practicum in ESL. The entire program can be completed in just two semesters of classwork.

“One of the good things about this set of courses,” explains Steven Weinberger, director, linguistics program, “is that it offers TESL certification from a program with more than thirty years of face-to-face experience. It is university accredited, and the graduate level linguistics credits earned can be transferred if the student moves on to a master’s program in linguistics.”

The program is particularly well suited to students with busy schedules who may not have time to attend Mason’s well-known face-to-face TESL certificate program, or who are testing the waters for a graduate school experience.

“The six courses in the program were carefully designed to fit together,” adds Weinberger. “We worked with an instructional designer from Mason’s Office of Distance Education to make sure that the courses would translate to the online platform. We are limiting the classes to 18 students, and the courses are just as rigorous as the face-to-face classes, and just as interesting.”

Interested students can learn more about the course by visiting Mason’s linguistics department and the Office of Distance Education site. Registration is open now, and the deadline to apply for Fall 2015 is April 15, 2015.

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