Teaching English as a Second Language, Instructional Certification: Teacher Certification in English as a Second Language (Preschool-Grade 12) - Graduate

Students with a baccalaureate degree who are interested in teaching may pursue the Post-baccalaureate program for initial teacher certification.

Additional undergraduate coursework in the certification content area may be required to meet State and University certification standards.

Upon successful completion of the program the student will be recommended to the State of New Jersey for initial teacher certification (Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing, or CEAS). The CEAS authorizes the holder to teach in New Jersey public schools and expedites the ability to become certified in most other states. The CEAS never expires.

In New Jersey, candidates who have completed an initial teaching certification program must successfully complete one year of teaching in order to be eligible to receive a permanent Standard Certificate.

Total credit requirements for this program include the Teaching Field Requirements, Additional Requirements for State Certification, and the Graduate Professional Sequence.

Program Requirements

Complete one of the following–either the initial (75 credits) or the additional certification program (18 credits) as appropriate:

Initial Certification Program

Teaching Field Requirements
Required Courses
APLN 500Language and Linguistics3
or LNGN 210 Introduction to General Linguistics
APLN 524Advanced Structure of American English3
or LNGN 220 Structure of American English
APLN 502Sociolinguistics3
or LNGN 230 Language in Society
APLN 532Language and Culture in Minority Education3
or LNGN 245 Language and Culture
APLN 504Syntax3
or LNGN 300 Syntax
Select two of the following:6
Phonetics and Phonology
Phonetics
Phonology
Select one of the following:3
Semantics and Pragmatics
Semantics
Pragmatics
Select four of the following:12
Discourse Analysis
Current Theories of Second Language Acquisition
Dialectology
Bilingualism
History of the English Language
Introduction to Cognitive Science
Pragmatics
Principles of Discourse Analysis
Principles of Second Language Learning
The Grammars of English
Language and the Mind
Selected Topics in Linguistics
Independent Study
Independent Study
Psycholinguistics
Teaching Methods
APLN 525Methodology of Teaching ESL3
or LNGN 403 Methods and Material of TESL
Total Credits39
Additional Requirements for State Certification
Speech
CMST 101Fundamentals of Speech: Communication Requirement 13
Physiology and Hygiene
Pass the MSU Health Knowledge Test available through the Center of Pedagogy or have the Undergraduate equivalent course approved by advisor.
Educational Psychology
EDFD 582Learning Theories3
or PSYC 560 Advanced Educational Psychology
Graduate Professional Sequence
Introductory Sequence
EDFD 505Teaching, Democracy, and Schooling3
or SASE 505 Teaching, Democracy, and Schooling
SASE 518Technology Integration in the Classroom1
Diversity and Instructional Sequence
EDFD 509Sociocultural Perspectives of Teaching3
or SASE 509 Sociocultural Perspectives on Teaching and Learning
EDFD 516Meeting the Needs of English Language Learners1
or SASE 516 Meeting the Needs of English Language Learners
SASE 517Inclusive Classrooms in Middle and Secondary Schools1
READ 501Techniques of Reading Improvement in the Secondary School3
EDFD 519Assessment for Authentic Learning3
or SASE 519 Assessment for Authentic Learning
Pedagogical Sequence I
SASE 526Teaching for Learning I3
SASE 527Fieldwork3
Pedagogical Sequence II
SASE 514Inservice Supervised Graduate Student Teaching 26
or SASE 529 Student Teaching
SASE 543Teaching for Learning II3
Total Credits36
1

May be completed by examination.

2

SASE 514 is for in-service teachers.

Additional Requirements for State Certification

The following additional requirements must be met prior to student teaching. Upon admission to the program, the student's submitted transcripts are evaluated to determine if any of these requirements have been fulfilled by previous coursework. In such cases, the requirement(s) appears on the degree audit as being waived.

  • CMST 101 or Speech Challenge Exam or documented & approved experience
  • Physiology & Hygiene - free test at county office of education or BIOL/HLTH course
  • Educational Psychology - EDFD 582 or PSYC 560
  • Psychology or equivalent undergraduate course work

Note: Certification requirements are subject to change.

Additional Certification Program

Initial Instructional Certification
Students must provide a copy of their initial New Jersey K-5, K-8 or content area instructional certificate.
Additional Certification Teaching Field
APLN 500Language and Linguistics3
or LNGN 210 Introduction to General Linguistics
APLN 520Current Theories of Second Language Acquisition3
or LNGN 325 Principles of Second Language Learning
APLN 524Advanced Structure of American English3
or LNGN 220 Structure of American English
APLN 525Methodology of Teaching ESL3
or LNGN 403 Methods and Material of TESL
APLN 529TESL Practicum3
or LNGN 405 Field Experience in Teaching English as a Second Language
Select one of the following:3
Language and Culture in Minority Education
Languages in Contact
Languages of the USA
Language and Culture
Total Credits18