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.
- Completion of the application form and payment of the $45 application fee.
- Transcripts - You must submit an official transcript from every institution you have attended. Receipt of a baccalaureate or any higher degree must be clearly indicated on the transcript from the awarding institution. Official transcripts are those sent by the registrar of a college or a university directly to the Office of Graduate Studies. The Office of Graduate Studies does not order transcripts from any institution.
- Official Scores - No tests are required for admission to this add-on certification program.
The Office of Graduate Studies admits non-degree students on a rolling basis. However, course registrations typically fill well in advance of each session. Prospective students are therefore encouraged to complete the non-degree application process at least two weeks prior to ensure course availability.
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
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
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