TESOL Certificate for English Learners (EL)

The required courses listed below will replace the requirements of the current Valpo Graduate School TESOL certificate beginning in the fall of 2012.  

The TESOL certificate at Valparaiso University Graduate School was developed to meet the needs of both domestic and international students who wanted a framework for teaching English to non-native speakers.  As a result, Valpo graduates have returned to their home countries to continue teaching while U.S. graduates have found positions at home and abroad.  The Graduate School now is pleased to announce that teachers licensed in the state of Indiana can also benefit from the TESOL certificate.  

In May 2012, the Indiana Department of Education approved Valparaiso University's Graduate Certificate in TESOL for professional certification in English as a New Language. Teachers currently licensed in the state of Indiana can now complete Valparaiso University's TESOL Certificate, leading to the addition of the EL (English Learners) content area to their teaching license.  The 18 hour TESOL certificate can be completed on a part time basis through evening and summer coursework.  Required coursework includes:

ENGL 543 Introduction to Linguistics (3 cr.)
ENGL 544 Sociolinguistics:  language Across Cultures (3 cr.)
ENGL 568 TESOL Theory and Methods (3 cr.)
ENGL 569 TESOL Theory and Practices (3 cr.)
ENGL 685 Practicum (3 cr.)
Students must take one of the following courses as an elective with selection based on student needs and interests:
ENGL 580 Topics in Writing (3 cr.)
ENGL 531 Advanced Composition (3 cr.)
ENGL 541 History of the English Language (3 cr.)
ENGL 542 Modern English Grammar (3 cr.)
ENGL 601 New Literacies, Technologies and Cultures of Writing (3 cr.)
ENGL 602 Computer Assisted Language Learning (3 cr.)
ENGL 612 ESL Curriculum and Assessment (3 cr.)
ENGL 613 ESL Grammar (3 cr.)
ENGL 614 Seminar in ESL (3 cr.)


Currently licensed Indiana teachers who wish to add a professional certification in EL to their license through a master's degree program may do so by enrolling in the Master of Arts in TESOL program.  


U.S. applicants must meet all the admission requirements of the Graduate School, including a grade point average of at least 3.0, transcripts, two letters of reference, and a personal essay/statement. Applicants should also have at least 15 credits of college English coursework (e.g., a minor in the field of English). International applicants who are non-native English speakers must have an undergraduate English major or its equivalent, and a TOEFL score of at least 83 (or an IELTS of 6.5 (with no individual score below 6.0), or a Gateway English course with a grade of A- or higher). 

Financial Considerations
Students may be surprised to discover the affordable tuition rate at Valparaiso University. Tuition for the 2012-2013 academic year is $560 per credit hour, highly competitive for a private institution of recognized national quality. Full-time graduate students pay a $189 general fee each fall and spring semester. Part-time graduate students pay a $101 general fee each fall and spring semester. Financial aid is available through direct and indirect student loans for students taking 6 credits or more during fall and spring semesters. Because most course offerings are scheduled for the evening, many students hold part- or full-time employment during their study.

Interested students should request an information packet from the Office of the Graduate School through our website or by e-mailing Graduate.School@valpo.edu.

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