Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Certificate

Department of English, College of Arts & Sciences

Vision Statement

In the United States, the need for well-prepared language teachers is constant. Teachers are more likely than ever to have the opportunity to teach students who come from a variety of cultural and linguistic backgrounds.

The Department of English offers students the opportunity to obtain a certificate in teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL). This is a rigorous 12-hour/4-course graduate certificate. Normally, students are able to complete the certificate requirements within three semesters.

The graduate TESOL certificate is a rigorous academic credential that includes a focus on the structure of the English language, theories of second language learning, and approaches to classroom pedagogy. All teachers will eventually work with nonnative speakers, so all teaching concentrations--like math, history, science, and social studies--are welcome. 

A TESOL certificate 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.

Students in teacher education or in speech/language pathology should contact the TESOL director prior to applying to this program.

Program Contact Information

Dr. Sarah Osborn, TESOL Director
189S Arts & Science Hall (ASH) 
402.554.2955
srfosborn@unomaha.edu

Ramón Guerra, PhD, Graduate Program Chair (GPC) 
192D Arts & Science Hall (ASH) 
402.554.2096
rguerra@unomaha.edu

Program Website

Admissions

General Application Requirements and Admission Criteria

Program-Specific Requirements

Application Deadlines (Spring 2022, Summer 2022, and Fall 2022)

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.

Other Requirements

  • An Introduction to Linguistics course is required. Equivalent course(s) from other institutions will be considered.
  • Students in the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences should meet with the TESOL director to plan a program of study. 
  • English Language Proficiency: Applicants are required to have a command of oral and written English. Those who do not hold a baccalaureate or other advanced degree from the United States, OR a baccalaureate or other advanced degree from a predetermined country on the waiver list, must meet the minimum language proficiency score requirement in order to be considered for admission.

    • Paper-based TOEFL: 600, Internet-based TOEFL: 100, IELTS: 8, PTE: 68, Duolingo: 120 
  • Applicants with International Transcripts: Any applicant to this program who has completed undergraduate or graduate coursework at an international higher education institution outside of the United States may submit transcripts and degree certificates (with an English translation) in lieu of a course-by-course transcript evaluation from World Education Services (WES), Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE), or Educational Perspectives.  This graduate program will conduct an in-house credential evaluation of your transcript(s).
    • UNO reserves the right to require a course-by-course evaluation from WES, ECE, or Educational Perspectives if the program is unable to complete an evaluation or should there be any questions or concerns about the documentation that is received. The applicant will be notified by the individual program if an external course-by-course evaluation is required.
    • *Note: If admitted, official transcripts and degree certificates (with an English translation)/official course-by-course transcript evaluation, and any applicable official exam scores are required.

Degree Requirements

Required Course
ENGL 8656STRUCTURE OF ENGLISH3
Select one of the following:3
SEMINAR: SECOND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION THEORY
SEMINAR: DISCOURSE, CULTURE, AND POWER
SEMINAR:FL/TESOL RESEARCH
Select one of the following:3
SEMINAR: ASSESSMENT & CURRICULUM DESIGN
L2 COMPOSITION PEDAGOGY
SPECIAL METHODS IN THE CONTENT AREA
ASSESSMENT FOR CLASSROOM TEACHER
APPLIED LINGUISTICS
Select one of the following:3
SEMINAR: COLLEGE WRITING INSTRUCTION
SOCIOLINGUISTICS
COMPOSITION THEORY & PEDAGOGY
WRITING CENTER THEORY, PEDAGOGY, AND RESEARCH
ENGLISH INTERNSHIP 1
Substitutions
Under special circumstances, the TESOL certificate director may approve up to six hours of substitutions.
Total Credits12

Students are encouraged to take more than the minimum number of required courses and may not repeat any courses already taken at the undergraduate level.  The linguistics faculty strongly recommends that all TESOL certificate students achieve an oral and written proficiency in a language other than English.