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TEFL Certificates at Colleges/Universities - Requesting Guidance

  • 1.  TEFL Certificates at Colleges/Universities - Requesting Guidance

    Posted 5 days ago
    Good morning,
    I am with a small undergraduate college; we are offering TEFL training for the first time and I need help from the TESOL community.

    I am beginning the process of petitioning my institution's Educational Program Committee to designate/rename my 150 Hour TEFL training course as a TEFL Certificate course, earning a "150 Hour TEFL Certificate" upon successful completion. I created this course following TESOL's "Standards" publication; it carries 4 credit hours in the Education Department and includes 120 hours of instruction and 30 hours of practicum. I am the only TEFL practitioner here, though my department chair is extremely supportive.

    1. The Educational Program Committee members are hesitant to name a 4-hour course a "certificate."
    2. They have asked for a list of other schools who offer a comparable "TEFL Certificate." Could you please reply if you have information or leads you can share with me about this?
    3. I am seeking any advice and/or publications or documentation supporting an academic course like this being designated as a TEFL certificate. I appreciate every bit of help - thank you.
    4. Finally, are there alternate names for "certificate" that are accepted by employers industry-wide? Perhaps, variations on "certificate," like "certification?"
    Warm thanks-
    Erin

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    Erin Hillis, PhD
    Associate Director of International Programs, PDSO
    Rhodes College
    Memphis, TN
    United States
    hillise@rhodes.edu
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  • 2.  RE: TEFL Certificates at Colleges/Universities - Requesting Guidance

    Posted 4 days ago
    Hi. I obtained my TEFL 150 hour course "CERTIFICATE"  in UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO. Yes...It is a certificate program.

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    CHIDI EDEH
    INSTRUCTOR
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  • 3.  RE: TEFL Certificates at Colleges/Universities - Requesting Guidance

    Posted 4 days ago

    Hi Erin,

    Please eyeball the below and see if helpful for what you are looking for--relative to the TEFL Certificate that you are developing.  Just to clarify--none of the course is labelled ENG or English--the English as a Second Language [ESL] English Department selected each course for the certificate programs.  Either master's or PhD English as a Second Language degree program is labelled English or Eng--for abbreviation--for all required courses.  These programs are from George Mason University (GMU) website--see the link below.  Good luck!

    Program I

    Designed for licensed teachers who want a background in both ESL and Special Education this 15-credit International ESOL/ESL Teacher Education graduate certificate provides an introduction to diverse learners and the intersections between these two populations. 

    The graduate certificate may only be pursued on part-time basis.

    EDCI 516: Bilingualism and Language Acquisition Research (3 credit hours)

    EDCI 519: Methods of Teaching Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Learners (3 credit hours)

    EDCI 520: Assessment of Language Learners (3 credit hours)

    EDSE 501: Introduction to Special Education OR EDSE 540: Characteristics of Students with Disabilities who Access the General Curriculum

    EDSE 503: Language Development and Reading (3 credit hours)

    EDSE 626: The Inclusive Classroom OR EDSE 628: Elementary Reading, Curriculum, Strategies for Students Who Access the General Education Curriculum OR EDSE 629: Secondary Curriculum and Strategies for Students with Disabilities who Access the General Curriculum

    Note: Students must earn grades of B or higher in all coursework. 

    Program II

    The International ESOL/ESL Teacher Education graduate certificate with a concentration in English as a Second Language (ESOL) Education for Practitioners provides courses for licensed teachers to earn an add-on endorsement in English as a second language (ESL) PK-12, also known as English for speakers of other languages (ESOL). Candidates whose first language is not English may be required to pass an oral and written proficiency assessment in English to meet state licensure requirements and national professional standards.

    EDCI 516: Bilingualism and Language Acquisition Research (3 credit hours)

    EDCI 510: Linguistics for PreK-12 ESOL Teachers (3 credit hours)

    EDCI 519: Methods of Teaching Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Learners (3 credit hours)

    EDCI 520: Assessment of Language Learners (3 credit hours)

    EDRD 610: Content Literacy for English Language Learners, PK-12 (3 credit hours)

    EDRD 515: Language and Literacy in Global Contexts (3 credit hours) (Included in MEd Core/Required for certificate only option.)

    EDUC 537: Introduction to Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Learners (3 credit hours) (Included in MEd Core/Required for certificate only option.)

    Note: Students must earn grades of B or higher in all coursework.

    University website:  https://www2.gmu.edu 

     

    MerriLee Leonard
    M.A.Ed.,TESL
    Northern Virginia Community College



  • 4.  RE: TEFL Certificates at Colleges/Universities - Requesting Guidance

    Posted 3 days ago
    Congratulations, Erin, on getting that far with your proposed TEFL Certificate.

    So, does anyone in the United States offer a single course that doubles as a TEFL certificate similar to the "gold standard" CELTA (Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language to Adults)?

    The problem is terminology used in the United States vs the TEFL industry standard throughout the rest of the world.

    1. What Erin is porposing is based on the initial QUALIFICATION for teaching Teaching as a Foreign Language....i.e. not in an English-speaking country. That type of course was first offered in 1962 as a single training course.

    It's traditionally NOT a university course but one offered by training centers (e.g. International Hourse). However, today some universities do offer a single course (often intensive) that counts both as an internationally accepted certificate and as college credit.

    For example, we offer such a course every summer at the U of West Bohemia in the Czech Republic, but our experience won't help Erin because of the different educational systems.  https://isls.zcu.cz/english-general-information-tefl-students/?lang=en

    2. In the United States, most programs offer TESL courses not TEFL (althought that distinction is often artificial).

    3. In the United States, certificates are usually given for a series of course, not a single course: Certificate in Early Childhood.

    Thanks so much!

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    Charles Hall, Ph.D., dr.h.c
    Legal English, Teaching Training
    International Summer Language School -- TEFL Cert.
    https://isls.zcu.cz/english-isls-2018/?lang=en
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