Nov 18, 2018  
2016-2017 Graduate Catalog (as of 08-31-16) 
2016-2017 Graduate Catalog (as of 08-31-16) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

English to Speakers of Other Languages Graduate Certificates

Angela Crespo Cozart, Director

Teresa McNerney, Program Coordinator

Mission Statement

The mission of the English to Speakers of Other Languages Certificates is the development of ESOL teachers to lead a diverse community of learners toward an understanding of and active participation in a highly complex world.

Program Description

The goal of the ESOL Certificates is to train individuals to teach English to non-native English speakers. Individuals who complete both Certificates will more than meet South Carolina Department of Education requirements for endorsement to teach in public schools. These Certificates will attract both practicing teachers as well as individuals who want to work in other arenas, such as non-profit organizations, businesses, or those who expect to work/teach abroad; for such individuals, these Certificates will constitute evidence of a body of knowledge in the field of ESOL. Completion of Certificate I will form a solid foundation for beginning ESOL teachers, whether they will be teaching in public or private schools, working as volunteers with children and/or adults or working within the business sector. For teachers who have already taken ESOL courses provided by the state, or who have taken the four courses outlined in Certificate I, the courses included in Certificate II will help them complete the hours they need for endorsement. Courses offered in both Certificates are designed to give students a strong underpinning in the theories and methodologies necessary for teaching ESOL. Approximately 90% of the coursework is completed online.

Admission Requirements

  • Application to the Graduate School as an ESOL Certificate Graduate Applicant.
  • Certificate II applicants must have completed Certificate I courses or have permission of the director.
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended, including documentation of graduation from an accredited four-year college or university.
  • Undergraduate GPA of 2.500 or higher.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall: March 1, Priority; July 1, Final
  • Spring: November 1
  • Summer: March 1

Endorsement Requirements

To receive add-on endorsement from the South Carolina Department of Education and to be able to teach in K-12 public schools, candidates must already have initial teaching certificate/licensure and one of the following:

  • Six semester hours in courses in a single second language; or
  • Completion of intensive language training by the Peace Corps, the Foreign Service Institute or the Defense Language Institute; or
  • Placement in a third-year level course in the foreign language department at an accredited college or university; or
  • 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.

For more information on ESOL add-on endorsement/certification, go to

Transfer Credit Policy

No program specific guidelines. Please refer to the Graduate School’s transfer credit policy .


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