Teacher Education

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Program Overview 
The Programs in TESOL at Cleveland State University offer professional training to students planning to teach English as a foreign or second language in a variety of settings.
Students in the TESOL programs:
Learn about the nature of language and the psychological processes involved in first (L1) and second (L2) language acquisition;
Develop awareness of the process of language variation and change in different social environments;
Increase knowledge and sensitivity to cultural diversity;
Apply past and current theories of second language acquisition in the L2 classroom;
Develop skills to implement current teaching methods in L2 education; 
Improve their ability to prepare L2 materials using available technology.
 
Depending on future plans, students may choose to:
Pursue an M.Ed in TESOL in order to teach overseas, at community college ESL programs, or private schools; 
Pursue an endorsement in TESOL added to an existing Ohio teaching license and teach in the public school system or
Complete courses to receive a TESOL certificate that will allow them to teach EFL abroad or teach ESL at local programs for immigrants and refugees.
 
 
Program Requirements
Master’s Degree –M.ED TESOL (35 credits)
TESOL Specialization Courses (3 credits each, 21 total)
Diversity in Educational Settings (EDC 500) 
Second Language Learning and Pedagogy (EDL 506)
Instructional Methods in TESOL (EDL 507) 
Applied Linguistics for Teachers (EDL 508)
Assessment and Evaluation in the ESL/Bilingual Classroom (EDL 509)
Pedagogical Grammar (EDL 510) 
Practicum in TESOL (EST 573) 
 
Core Educational Course Topics (14 credits total in 4 areas)
Curriculum Development (3 credits)
Educational Research (5 credits)
Human Development (3 credits)
Social Foundations  (3 credits)
Exit Requirement (one of the following)
Comprehensive Exam;
Project  
Thesis 
 
TESOL Endorsement (21 credits)
Graduate and Undergraduate
Candidates for the TESOL Endorsement must complete all 7 TESOL specialization courses and pass the OAE content exam, English to Speakers of Other Languages. This option is only available to individuals who already have a valid Ohio state provisional, professional, or permanent teaching certificate or license. All courses are cross-listed and can be taken at either the undergraduate or graduate level.
Diversity in Educational Settings (EDC 300/500) 
Second Language Learning and Pedagogy (EDL 406/506)
Instructional Methods in TESOL (EDL 407/507) 
Applied Linguistics for Teachers (EDL 408/508)
Assessment and Evaluation in the ESL/Bilingual Classroom (EDL 409/509) 
Pedagogical Grammar (EDL 410/510)
Practicum in TESOL (EST 473/573) (120 hours) Registration for practicum assumes successful completion of all 6 courses prior to application and approval of the Office of Field Services. For more information on practicum registration and guidelines, as well as practicum waiver requirements, please visit the Office of Field Services in Julka Hall 187.
 
TESOL Certificate (15 credits)
The TESOL Certificate Program acquaints students with the basic knowledge and skills necessary to teach English as a second language. CSU offers both an Undergraduate and Graduate certificate in TESOL. All courses are cross-listed and can be taken at either the undergraduate or graduate level.
Second Language Learning and Pedagogy (EDL 406/506) 
Instructional Methods in TESOL (EDL 407/507)
Applied Linguistics for Teachers (EDL 408/508)
Assessment and Evaluation in the ESL/Bilingual Classroom (EDL 409/509) 
Pedagogical Grammar (EDL 410/510)
 
Admission Requirements
Graduate
Application for Graduate Admission and $30 application fee;
One official copy of transcripts from all institutions where you obtained a bachelor’s degree;
A cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.00 or above is required -OR- you must complete the equivalent of 12 semester hours of CSU graduate coursework including EDB 601, AND receive a grade of “B” or better in each of these courses.
 
International
Non-native speakers of English must obtain a TOEFL score of 197 (computer-based) or 525 (written exam). Students who have a lower score can be granted conditional admission and will have the opportunity to take ESL courses in the English Language Institute at CSU to improve their language skills. 
Completion of the Advanced Level course with a grade of “B” or better in the CSU’s Intensive Language Program may be used to satisfy the language proficiency requirement.
 
For more information on admission requirements, please visit the College Advising Office (ESCC) in Julka Hall 170.
 
For more information on the programs in TESOL at CSU, please contact:
Dr. Maria Angelova
216.523.7115