Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Certificate

Department of English, College of Arts & Sciences

Vision Statement

The Department of English offers students the opportunity to obtain a Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. Completion of these requirements does not certify a graduate to teach in Nebraska public schools. Instead, it is an academic credential meant for teachers already certified in other areas, for people who plan to teach in venues other than public schools, and for anyone who works in some capacity with non-native speakers of English.

Program Contact Information

Dr. Frank Bramlett, Director
Arts & Sciences Hall (ASH) 189D
402-554-3313
fbramlett@unomaha.edu

Dr. Ramón Guerra, Graduate Program Chair (GPC)
Arts & Science Hall (ASH) 192D
402-554-2096
rguerra@unomaha.edu

Program Website

Admissions

Application Deadlines

Applications for this program are accepted on a rolling basis. All materials must be submitted prior to the beginning of the semester in which the student has elected to begin coursework.

Program-Specific Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • An Introduction to Linguistics course is required. Equivalent course(s) from other institutions will be considered.
  • Students in the College of Education should meet with the certification director to plan a program of study. 
  • All students whose language of nurture is not English must demonstrate oral and written mastery of English as certified by the Department of English. The Department of English requires non-native speakers of English to have a TOEFL score of 600 (paper-based), 250 (computer-based), 100 (internet-based), 8 IELTS, or 68 PTE to be eligible for conditional admission.
  • If an applicant has been admitted to the MA in English, an application fee and transcripts are not required.

Requirements

Required Course
ENGL 8656STRUCTURE OF ENGLISH3
Select one of the following:3
FLNG 8030SEMINAR: SECOND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION THEORY3
ENGL 8740SEMINAR: DISCOURSE, CULTURE, AND POWER3
Select one of the following:3
ENGL 8800SEMINAR: TOPICS IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE3
FLNG 8040SEMINAR: ASSESSMENT & CURRICULUM DESIGN3
TED 8006SPECIAL METHODS IN THE CONTENT AREA3
Select one of the following:3
SEMINAR: COLLEGE WRITING INSTRUCTION
COMPOSITION THEORY & PEDAGOGY
PEDAGOGIC FIELD EXPERIENCE IN TESOL
Substitutions
Under special circumstances, the TESOL Certificate Director may approve up to six hours (6 hrs.) of substitutions from the following list:
FIELD-BASED RESEARCH METHODS IN ENGLISH STUDIES
SEMINAR:FL/TESOL RESEARCH
ENGLISH INTERNSHIP
ASSESSMENT FOR CLASSROOM TEACHER
TOPICS IN LINGUISTICS
COMMUNITY SERVICE WRITING
Total Credits12

This is a 4 course, 12 hour graduate certificate. Students may not repeat any courses already taken at the undergraduate level. Students are encouraged to take more than the minimum required. All courses must be taken at the graduate level. The Linguistics faculty strongly recommends that all TESOL certificate students achieve an oral and written proficiency in a second language.