Graduate Certificates

All students who wish to pursue a certificate program must apply for admission to the certificate program through Graduate School regardless of whether or not they are current graduate students.

More information can be found at the Graduate School Website.

Graduate Certificate in Composition

Coordinator, Dr. Lance Svehla

Certificate Requirements:
To be eligible for the certificate in composition, a person must be admitted to the University as a graduate student (with either full or provisional status). 

Five Courses in Composition and Rhetoric:

Required Courses

3300:673 Theories of Composition  3
3300:674 Research Methodologies in Composition  3
3300:676 Theory and Teaching of Basic Composition 3

Optional Courses*

3300:600 Teaching Coll Comp Practicum  3 
3300:625 Autobiographical Writing  3 
3300:650 New Rhetorics  3
3300:651 The Pragmatists  3
3300:660 Cultural Studies  3
3300:670 Modern Linguistics  3
3300:679 Scholarly Writing  3
3300:574 African American English  3
3300:577 Sociolinguistics  3
3300:578 Grammatical Structures of English  3

*Other courses may be considered in consultation with the director.

Graduate Certificate in Literature

Coordinator, Dr. Hillary Nunn

Certificate Requirements:

To be eligible for the certificate in literature, a person must be admitted to the University as a graduate student (with either full or provisional status). Of the five required courses (15 credits), two must be core courses, Chaucer and Shakespearean Drama; four of the five courses must be at the 600-level; and one must be in American literature.  

Required Courses:

  • 3300:506 Chaucer*
  • 3300:615 Shakespearean Drama
  • A course in American literature (3 Credits)
  • Two other literature courses (6 Credits)

*Unless the student has passed a comparable course at the Undergraduate level with a grade B or better.

Graduate Certificate in TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language)

Coordinator, Dr. Grace Zhang


This program is intended for both native and non-native speakers of English who seek training in the teaching of English as a second language (ESL) and wish to obtain an initial qualification to teach ESL/EFL (English as a foreign language) in educational settings other than public schools in Ohio or in countries outside the United States. For Ohio qualification in teaching ESL in the Ohio public school system, visit the TESOL Endorsement site.

The program is designed to introduce the student to central issues in the theory and practice of teaching English to non-native speakers through courses in modern and applied linguistics, in second language pedagogy, and in related disciplines.

Students who do not have English as a native language must demonstrate adequate proficiency in English with a valid TOEFL score of 550 (paper based)/213 (computer based)/79 (Internet based/iBT) or higher, or a valid IELTS score of 6.0 or higher.

The awarding of this certificate is not contingent upon completion of a degree program. Graduate certificate programs require a 3.00 grade-point average.

Graduate students must apply for the certificate program through the graduate school.

• All students who wish to pursue the TESL certificate should meet with the program coordinator to discuss the program and availability of courses.

Core Requirements (Min. Credits: 12)

  • 3300:566 Linguistics and Language Arts  3
  • 3300:573 Theoretical Foundations & Principles of ESL*  3
  • 3300:578 Grammatical Structures of English  3
  • 3300:577 Sociolinguistics    OR    3300:570 History of the English Language  3

Electives ** (Min. Credits: 3):

  • 3300:570 History of English Language  3
  • 3300:577 Sociolinguistics   3
  • 3300:587 Field Experience: Teaching Second Language Learners    3
  • 5500:543 Techniques of Teaching English as a Second Language   3
  • 5500:541 Teaching Language Literacy to Second Language Learners  3
  • 5500:556 Scaffolding Language and Content for English Learners  3
  • 7700:530 Aspects of Normal Language Development   3

*Students should have successfully completed 3300:371 and 3300:566 prior to taking 3300:573.

**Choice to be decided in consultation with the program director.