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2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
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Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages / TESOL [Graduate Certificate]

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The Graduate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages/TESOL program prepares teachers who are already certified to teach in K-12 public schools to teach English as a second language. The primary goal is to enable teachers to effectively address the academic and social challenges of an increasingly diverse student population, including the growing number of English language learners, and to appreciate those students as resources for instruction and classroom management.

Program Admission

Graduate School Application

After reviewing the admission requirements below, please select the appropriate application. The University is transitioning application platforms; pay close attention when selecting the application below.

The program you are applying to may not accept applicants every semester.

For additional information regarding the application process, please see Graduate Admissions or International Admissions.

Admission Requirements

Minimum Graduate School Requirements

A four-year baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or an equivalent degree from a non-U.S. institution. In addition, a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale, or 3.0 in the last half of the undergraduate program, is required for full admission. Applicants who do not meet minimum admission requirements may be considered for conditional admission. See International Admissions for international applicant requirements.

Applicants must meet the minimum Graduate School admission requirements (see Graduate Admissions or International Admissions) and complete a Graduate Application.

Applicants must also meet the following program requirements:

  • Submit at least two letters of recommendation that attest to the applicant’s promise of success pursuing graduate studies and in working with speakers of other languages and in multicultural settings
  • Submit a statement of reasons for pursuing this certificate
  • Submit a Michigan (or another state’s) teaching certificate
  • Submit proof of classroom experience, teaching practicum, or teaching internship

Note - There is no opportunity for conditional admission to this program for non-native speakers of English.

Department Information

World Languages | Jeff Popko, Ph.D., Department Head | 219 Alexander, 734.487.0130, apopko@emich.edu

Advisor Information

Cynthia Macknish, Ed.D., Associate Professor, 330 King Hall, 734.487.3347, cmacknis@emich.edu

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