Program Admission Requirements: Same as Graduate School Admission Requirements .
New Applicants: New applicants must apply for the certificate through Apply Yourself (Graduate School).
Current Students: Students who wish to enroll in the certificate program who are currently enrolled in a degree program at WCU, or are currently non-degree seeking WCU students, must apply for admission by contacting the English Graduate Program Director.
The Certificate Program in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) is a non-degree option that prepares students to teach English to non-native speakers in a variety of situations ranging from public school instruction to community college instruction to overseas instruction. It is well-suited for both those who have a background in education as well as those who wish to make a career change and move into an exciting and diverse field. The topics covered are governed by the guidelines established for the English as a Second Language Curriculum by the NC Department of Public Instruction. A student who selects the TESOL Certificate Program must successfully complete 15 hours of graduate coursework in TESOL. The courses available enable students to analyze the linguistic components of English–syntax, morphology, semantics, pragmatics, phonology, phonetics, and discourse. Students also cover sociolinguistic questions concerning the relationship of language to culture and issues related to dialects and varieties of English. In addition, students will study language acquisition and have opportunities to apply theoretical insight to the practical task of designing and implementing lesson plans and courses of study.
The Program leads to a Certificate issued by the Graduate School and a designation on the official transcript. The Certificate Program does not lead to teaching licensure.