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English for Speakers of Other Languages Graduate Certificate

‌The Spadoni College of Education offers an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Graduate Certificate whose coursework provides opportunities for all educators to develop skills and knowledge related to English language learners. In addition, teachers who have an initial licensure or are working on an initial licensure can use the coursework as part of the partial fulfillment to obtain the South Carolina ESOL add-on licensure. This 15-credit curriculum is approved by the South Carolina State Department of Education to fulfill the graduate course work requirement for the SCDE’s ESOL add-on licensure.*‌

‌Required Courses (9 credits total):

  • EDLL 650 Applied Linguistics for ESOL Teachers (3 credits) offered during some Fall semesters
  • EDLL 651 Principles and Strategies for Teaching ESOL to Elementary and Secondary Learners (3 credits) offered Summer I
  • EDLL 652 Teaching Reading and Writing to Limited English Proficient (LEP) Learners (3 credits) offered Spring semester

Elective Courses (6 credits total):

  • EDLL 653 Testing/Assessment for Language Minority Learners (3 credits) offered Fall semester
  • EDLL 654 ESOL Curriculum Design and Materials Development (3 credits) offered Summer II

* To qualify for the ESOL add-on certification, the South Carolina State Department of Education has the following requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Temporary, initial, or professional certificate at the early childhood, elementary, middle, secondary, or pre-K–12 level
  • Minimum qualifying score(s) on the South Carolina content area examination(s) required by the State Board of Education
  • Second-language learning experiences documented by any one of the following:
    (a) six semester hours in a single second language;
    (b) completion of intensive language training by the Peace Corps, the Foreign Service Institute, or the Defense Language Institute;
    (c) placement in a third-year-level course in the foreign language department at an accredited college or university; or
    (d) demonstration of second-language proficiency in a language that is unavailable at accredited institutions through verification in writing from an official designated by the State Department of Education.
  • Specialized preparation (graduate ESOL courses: 3 required and 2 electives). One of the possible electives, Practicum in the Instruction of ESOL to Elementary and Secondary Learners, may be waived based on one year’s experience teaching ESOL.

Contact Information

Jennifer Altieri, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Coordinator, Literacy Education
Prince Building 122A

Katie Walker, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Literacy and ESOL Education
Prince Building 122D