Guidelines for the Certificate in TESOL
The Department of English at Oklahoma State University offers a program leading to a Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). The Certificate program is designed to familiarize students with the skills necessary to teach English to non-native speakers in a variety of situations, e.g., teaching English as a foreign language in an overseas school, college, or university; teaching English as a second language to international students studying in intensive English programs in the U.S.; or teaching English to bilingual/bicultural students in American public school systems and adult education programs.
The Certificate Program in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages consists of 12 credit hours, with three required courses and one elective course chosen from a group of courses offered by the English Department. A description of the certificate requirements and regulations appears below.
Admission to the Certificate Program in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) requires a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited institution of higher learning. Other qualifications and application materials appear below. Applicants should be mindful that meeting the minimum standards for admission does not guarantee admission.
Required Courses (9 hours)
Sample Electives (choice of one)
Courses other than those listed may be taken as electives if approved by the Certificate Advisor.
Teacher Certification Disclaimer
The Certificate in TESOL does not carry with it certification for public school employment. Students wishing such certification must meet special state and university requirements.
Graduate College Rules and Regulations
There are many rules and regulations affecting graduate enrollment, and tenure that are made by the Graduate Faculty of the university rather than the English Department. Among the rules students should familiarize themselves with are those governing academic dishonesty or misconduct, especially those dealing with plagiarism. It is the student's responsibility to become informed about all English Department, Graduate College, and University regulations.
The Oklahoma State University Catalog should be read closely by all those who are thinking about, or participating in, graduate studies in English at Oklahoma State University. The catalog is available in a searchable format at http://registrar.okstate.edu/. Graduate college rules and deadlines are available at http://www.gradcollege.okstate.edu/.
Students seeking the Certificate in TESOL should consult an advisor who will help them choose appropriate courses to complete the Certificate. The Certificate Adviser may be any member of the English Department graduate faculty who specializes in TESOL. At the Tulsa campus, the coordinator of the TESOL program at OSU-Tulsa normally serves as the adviser.
Plan of Study and Certificate Completion Procedures
Submitting the Plan of Study
Submitting the Application for Certificate Completion
Checklist for Submitting a Plan of Study
Academic Standing. A grade-point average of "B" (3.0) is required on courses applicable to a graduate certificate. No grade lower than a "C" may be used as part of the minimum requirements for the certificate. Individual certificate programs may have more stringent requirements.
4000-Level Courses. Only those 4000-level classes marked by an asterisk in the OSU University Catalog are available for graduate credit. All graduate course work should include a research paper or other appropriate project. In the instance of a 4000-level course that may not require such a paper or project, the student should, with the consent of the instructor involved, arrange for such a paper or project to supplement the assigned work. The English Department strongly suggests that all graduate courses be at the 5000/6000 level.
Grade of "Incomplete." The following regulations apply to students who receive what at OSU is termed the “composite incomplete” grade ( “IB,” “IC,” “ID,” or “IF” ) for any of their coursework within the English Department:
Students should familiarize themselves with Section 6.2 of the University Academic Regulations found in the University Catalog for a full explanation of university policy governing incomplete grades.
Students must complete all requirements within seven years from their first enrollment in classes for the TESOL Certificate program.
Appeals and Petitions
All appeals involving grades or charges of academic dishonesty or misconduct must be directed to the OSU Academic Appeals Board. Contact the Provost’s office (101 Whitehurst) for information and forms.
All other petitions or appeals must be directed in writing to the Graduate Director, who will then forward the petition to the appropriate body, usually one of the following: the Graduate Studies Committee (for special requests as described within the English Graduate Guidelines), the English Graduate Faculty (for exceptions to English Department policy), or the Faculty Council (for exceptions to OSU policy). Students are urged to discuss matters with their advisers and with the Graduate Director before making a formal petition or appeal.
If the Graduate Director does not act upon the student's written request within a reasonable amount of time, the student and/or adviser may appeal directly to the Department Head. If a student has exhausted all appeals procedures within the Department and is still not able to resolve the problem, he or she may appeal to the Graduate College.