Undergraduate certificates in English

We offer the following certificates in English.

  • Linguistic Studies
  • Professional Communication
  • TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language)

Students who wish to earn an undergraduate certificate should meet with the certificate director to discuss the program and availability of courses, and fill out the "Add Certificate" form. When students have successfully completed the certificate requirements, they must come to the department to complete a certificate application form.

Certificate in Linguistic Studies | 330008C

Coordinator, Dr. Wei Zhang

Completion of five linguistically oriented courses is required as follows: the foundation course, two core courses and at least two elective courses. Three or more of the courses must be at the 300/400 level. (Subject to approval by the program coordinator, other theoretically oriented linguistics courses may substitute for core courses.)

To obtain the certificate, a student must have at least two semesters of a second language. A student entering the program should discuss plans with the coordinator.

Foundation: (Required)

  • 3300:371 Introduction to Linguistics  OR   3300:466 Linguistics and Language Arts

Core: (Minimum of two of the following)

  • 3300:470 History of the English Language
  • 3300:477 Sociolinguistics
  • 3300:478 Grammatical Structures of English
  • 3600:481 Philosophy of Language
  • 3870:461 Language and Culture
  • 7700:230 Language Science and Acquisition   OR   7700:430 Aspects of Normal Language Development

Electives: (Minimum of two of the following)

  • 3300:400 Anglo Saxon
  • 3300:473 Theoretical Foundations and Principles of ESL 
  • 3230:150 Human Cultures
  • 3230:251 Human Diversity
  • 3460:430 Theory of Programming Languages
  • 3460:440 Compiler Design
  • 3460:460 Artificial Intelligence and Heuristics Programming
  • 3580:403 Advanced Grammar
  • 3600:170 Introduction to Logic
  • 3600:374 Symbolic Logic
  • 3600:418 20th Century Analytic Philosophy
  • 3600:471 Metaphysics
  • 3700:402 Politics and the Media
  • 3700:403 Media, Crime and Public Opinion
  • 7600:325 Intercultural Communication
  • 7700:101 American Sign Language
  • 7700:210 Introduction to Clinical Phonetics

Certificate in Professional Communication | H70008

This program will help meet our technological society’s growing need for educated people who can develop sophisticated strategies for effective communication of business and technical information. People in the business community increasingly depend on communication to solve complex management, sales, and information processing problems.

The communication demands of business and industry are significant, and in many ways, different from those dealt with in traditional courses and majors. This certificate will recognize their preparation for handling the communication needs of business and industry and must be earned concurrently with an undergraduate (associate or bachelor’s) degree. A student who already possesses an undergraduate degree may directly pursue this certificate.

Certificate requirements

  • 3300:390 Professional Writing I*
  • 3300:391 Professional Writing II*
  • 7600:309 Public Relations Publications
  • 7600:345 Business & Professional Speaking

Because all four courses have prerequisites, students should consult course descriptions.

*3300:390 and 3300:391 do not have to be taken in sequence

Undergraduate Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language | 330003C

Coordinator, Dr. Wei 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. Undergraduate certificate programs require a 2.00 grade-point average.

  • Students admitted with an undergraduate status are required to take 3300:111 English Composition I and 3300:112 English Composition II prior to applying for the certificate.
  • All students who wish to pursue the TESL certificate should meet with the program coordinator to discuss the program and availability of courses.

This certificate requires the completion of a minimum of 15 credit hours of course work, including five core courses and one elective course.

Core Courses (minimum credits: 12)

  • 3300:371 Introduction to Linguistics 3   OR   3300:466 Linguistics and Language Arts 3
  • 3300:473 Theoretical Foundations & Principles of ESL* 3
  • 3300:478 Grammatical Structures of English 3
  • 3300:477 Sociolinguistics   OR   
  • 3300:470 History of English Language 3

    Electives (minimum credits: 3) **

    • 3300:470 History of English Language 3
    • 3300:477 Sociolinguistics
    • 3300:487 Field Experience: Teaching Second Language Learners
    • 3580:403 Advanced Grammar
    • 5500:456 Scaffolding Language and Content to Second Language Learners
    • 5500:485 Teaching Language Literacy to Second Language Learners
    • 5500:487 Techniques of Teaching English as a Second Language
    • 7600:325 Intercultural Communication
    • 7700:230 Language Science & Acquisition
    • 7700:430 Aspects of Normal Language Development

    *Students should have successfully completed 3300:371 or 3300:466 prior to taking 3300:473.

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