Department of Languages

Dr. Lucas Hardy, Graduate Director
240 DeBartolo Hall

Certificate Description

This four-course sequence (12 semester hours) is valuable for anyone who wishes to gain more knowledge of second/foreign language learning. It is also useful as a springboard to further gradu­ate work in the field. It is designed to meet the needs of:

  • K–12 language arts instructors who want more information but not necessarily state endorsement;
  • writing instructors at two-year colleges; and
  • students who would like to enter doctorate programs in applied linguistics, English as a sec­ond language, or second language acquisition.

Students gain an understanding of issues of lan­guage acquisition and language pedagogy.

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for the graduate certificate in the teaching of English to speakers of other lan­guages, students need not have an undergraduate degree in English or linguistics but must have a B.A. or B.S. and meet requirements for admission to the College of Graduate Studies at YSU.

Certificate Requirements

Students who have not taken an introductory linguistics course at the undergraduate level will be expected to do extra reading to get an understanding of basic terms. The department’s advanced linguistics course (ENGL 6955 Advanced Linguistics) may also serve to provide background. Students should see an advisor for the TESOL certificate program.

Students must complete the following four courses:

ENGL 6950Sociolinguistics3
ENGL 6951Language Acquisition3
ENGL 6956TESOL Methods3
ENGL 6958English Grammar3
Total Semester Hours12