Graduate Certificates

There are two graduate certificates:

  • Certificate for Teachers of English
  • TESOL Certificate

Certificate for Teachers of English Curriculum

Eighteen credit hours (six graduate courses) are required for this program.  To offer students a comprehensive curriculum of English studies, students will take two 3-credit courses from each of the three major areas of English studies currently offered at the University of Dayton (six hours in each area): literature, writing, and TESOL. The Department of English currently offers graduate courses in each of these areas; however, because this certificate program will be taught primarily online (to accommodate increased demand for online course work – especially among secondary teachers), many of the program’s current course offerings will be revised for online instruction. Below is a sample of graduate courses currently offered in the department that will be available for students in this certificate program:

Semester Hours

Per the DoE standard, students finish the program after successful completion of 18 credit hours. Should students wish to continue graduate study, the six 3-credit courses of the certificate will be applied toward an MA in English in the existing Teaching Track. This way, individuals who do not currently hold a master’s degree in English could also complete a master’s with an additional four 3-credit courses beyond the certificate, thus finishing with a master's degree and adjunct eligibility.

Literature Courses: (students choose 2)

ENG 514: Medieval English Literature

ENG 538: Milton

ENG 552: English Romanticism

ENG 556: Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature

ENG 560: Twentieth Century British Literature

ENG 580: American Realism & Naturalism

ENG 584: Studies in Twentieth Century American Literature

ENG 588: Literary Theory

ENG 6XX: Shakespeare in Media & Film

ENG 6XX: Young Adult Literature

Writing Courses: (students choose 2)

ENG 507: Writing Response & Assessment

ENG 587: Contemporary Rhetoric

ENG 596: Composition Theory

ENG 624: Teaching Writing in High School & College

ENG 625: Studies in Teaching Composition

ENG 627: Professional Writing

ENG 6XX: Technical Writing

TESOL Courses: (students choose 2)

ENG 541: TESOL Methods for Teaching English Language Learners

ENG 594: Structure of English

LNG: 568: Introduction to Linguistics

TESOL Certificate

TESOL Certificate Admission 

Admission to program required; apply at https://www.udayton.edu/apply/graduate.php

  • Completion of assignment-embedded field experience prior to the practicum
  • Completion of a 50-hour practicum during the final semester as part of EDT 538
  • TESOL portfolio to be completed throughout the program and submitted in EDT 538 
TESOL Endorsement Admission

Admission to the program required; apply at https://www.udayton.edu/apply/graduate.php

  • Passing Praxis II ESOL scores prior to the practicum course
  • Completion of assignment-embedded field experience prior to the practicum
  • Completion of a 50-hour practicum during the final semester as part of EDT 540
  • TESOL portfolio to be completed throughout the program and submitted in EDT 540
  • TESOL Certificate Courses
Schedule of Course Offerings

EDT 537: Second Language Learning and Teaching
Terms Campus: Fall, summer intensive
Terms Online: Fall

LNG 568/ENG 625: Introduction to Linguistics
Terms Campus: Fall, Spring
Terms Online: Summer

ENG 594: Structure of English
Terms Campus: Fall, Spring
Terms Online: Summer

ENG 541: TESOL Methods
Terms Campus: Spring
Terms Online: Spring

EDT 538: TESOL Practicum
Terms Campus: Spring
Terms Online: Spring

TESOL Graduate Certificate Course Descriptions

ENG 594: Structure of English In this course we will examine and analyze the primary syntactic (grammatical) structures of English. Throughout the course of the semester we will be discussing categories, phrases, functions, verbs, finite and non-finite clauses. This course is less concerned with the memorization of grammatical ‘facts’, and more concerned with the student’s ability to analyze language and argue for its grammaticality (or lack thereof). The ability to analyze and understand syntactic structures will allow students to play with language more effectively in their own writing, and teach language more effectively to other students (3 credits).

LNG 568/ENG 625: Introduction to Linguistics Survey of the various aspects of a scientific description of human language: phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics. Interdisciplinary exploration of the reciprocal impact of linguistics on psychology, sociology, and language acquisition theory. Also offered as ENG-468 (3 credits).

ENG 541: TESOL Methods This course will introduce students to key concepts in Teaching English as a Second or Foreign language (TESOL), focusing on the teaching and learning of L2 literacy skills. Throughout the semester, theoretical perspectives on language learning will be interwoven with practical techniques for classroom instruction. We will be discussing techniques for integrating listening, speaking, reading, writing, and content instruction within a communicative teaching framework. By the end of the semester, you should have a clear understanding of approaches to teaching different types of English language learners across a variety of contexts (3 credits).

EDT 537: Second Language Learning and Teaching This course is an exploration of the nature of language proficiency, second language acquisition and literacy, bilingualism and biliteracy, the role of culture in language learning, and implications for second language teaching (3 credits).

EDT 538: TESOL Practicum This course provides opportunities to practice planning, instruction and assessment in an ESOL classroom under the mentorship of an experienced ESOL teacher. It involves a field experience of approximately 50 hours across 15 weeks (1 credit).

For more information, contact Colleen Gallagher, Director of TESOL Programs at (937) 229-3271 or cgallagher1@udayton.edu

TESOL Endorsement Courses Schedule of Course Offerings

EDT 537: Second Language Learning and Teaching
Terms Campus: Fall, Summer intensive
Terms Online: Fall

LNG 568/ENG 625: Introduction to Linguistics
Terms Campus: Fall, Spring
Terms Online: Summer

ENG 594: Structure of English
Terms Campus: Fall, Spring
Terms Online: Summer

ENG 541: TESOL Methods
Terms Campus: Spring
Terms Online: Spring

EDT 539: Sociolinguistics in Language Education
Terms Campus: NA
Terms Online: Fall

EDT 540: Practicum in ESOL Instruction and Assessment
Terms Campus: NA
Terms Online: Spring

3-Term Online Option for TESOL Endorsement
Summer
  • LNG 568: Introduction to Linguistics (3 sem. hrs.)
  • ENG 594: Structure of English (3 sem. hrs.)
Fall
  • EDT 539: Sociolinguistics in Language Education (3 sem. hrs.)
  • EDT 537: Second Language Learning and Teaching (3 sem. hrs.)
Spring
  • ENG 541/EDT 566: TESOL Methods (3 sem. hrs.)
  • EDT540: TESOL Practicum (3 sem. hrs.)
TESOL Course Descriptions

ENG 594: Structure of English In this course we will examine and analyze the primary syntactic (grammatical) structures of English. Throughout the course of the semester we will be discussing categories, phrases, functions, verbs, finite and non-finite clauses. This course is less concerned with the memorization of grammatical ‘facts’, and more concerned with the student’s ability to analyze language and argue for its grammaticality (or lack thereof). The ability to analyze and understand syntactic structures will allow students to play with language more effectively in their own writing, and teach language more effectively to other students (3 credits).

LNG 568: Introduction to Linguistics Survey of the various aspects of a scientific description of human language: phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics. Interdisciplinary exploration of the reciprocal impact of linguistics on psychology, sociology, and language acquisition theory. Also offered as ENG-468 (3 credits).

ENG 541: TESOL Methods This course will introduce students to key concepts in Teaching English as a Second or Foreign language (TESOL), focusing on the teaching and learning of L2 literacy skills. Throughout the semester, theoretical perspectives on language learning will be interwoven with practical techniques for classroom instruction. We will be discussing techniques for integrating listening, speaking, reading, writing, and content instruction within a communicative teaching framework. By the end of the semester, you should have a clear understanding of approaches to teaching different types of English language learners across a variety of contexts (3 credits).

EDT 537: Second Language Learning and Teaching This course is an exploration of the nature of language proficiency, second language acquisition and literacy, bilingualism and biliteracy, the role of culture in language learning, and implications for second language teaching (3 credits).

EDT 539: Sociolinguistics in Language Education This course examines the context for TESOL and bilingual education in US schools by examining historic and contemporary social, cultural, linguistic, and policy issues relevant to working with language learners (3 credits).

EDT 540: Practicum in ESOL Instruction and Assessment This course focuses on planning and implementing ESOL instruction and assessment and on interpreting and using assessment data. It includes both course meeting and field experience components.  Together these components help candidates examine ways to conduct valid and authentic assessment of instructional objectives and provide opportunities to practice planning, instruction and assessment in a P-12 ESOL classroom under the mentorship of an experienced ESOL teacher (3 credits). 

For more information, please contact Colleen Gallagher, Director of TESOL Programs at (937) 229-3271 or cgallagher1@udayton.edu

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