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TESOL

TESOL Certification

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TESOL is an acronym for Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages. Professionals in TESOL may be involved in teaching, administration, curriculum development, materials development, assessment, research, and advocacy. They work in a variety of contexts including various age levels, countries, and specialist areas such as English for specific purposes.

TESOL Certification for Higher Education Program

This TESOL certificate program includes the study of: linguistics at an introductory level, structures of English, theories and practices of teaching second language, second language acquisition, materials and curriculum development, and assessment.

ESL Program Specialist: PA ESL Endorsement

In 2009, the University of Pittsburgh received approval by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to be an ESL Program Provider. The Department of Linguistics (School of Arts and Sciences) and the Department of Instruction and Learning (School of Education) have collaborated to develop this program, which will allow individuals with Pennsylvania Instructional I Certificates to earn a state ESL Specialist Certificate.

This TESOL certificate program includes the study of: linguistics at an introductory level, structures of English, theories and practices of teaching second language, English language learners, materials and curriculum development, and assessment.