Prepare for a Career Teaching English Abroad
Become an English language instructor in foreign learning institutions, language schools, or higher education organizations in the United States.
The 16-credit graduate EFL certificate provides you with a credential from an accredited American university that qualifies you to pursue an international English language teaching career.
Course content includes topics in second language learning, teaching theory and practice, and bilingual education. In addition, you gain valuable field experience through a domestic internship or study abroad to increase your confidence and enhance your professional skills.
Program of Study
Certificate coursework covers approaches to English as a new language (ENL) pedagogy and learning technologies for foreign language classrooms.
The Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages
Learn how to design TESOL lesson plans and content, construct test items, and assess reading, writing, and audiolingual skills. This course includes interaction with students learning English as a second language.
Second Language Learning
Study language acquisition theories, psycholinguistics, and the sociolinguistic aspects of second language learning. Topics include learning and aging, motivation, learning styles, and acquisition of reading and writing skills.
Approaches to English Grammar
Increase your knowledge of English grammar and master aspects of the language that are fundamental to successfully teaching English to new language learners.
Perspectives in Bilingual Education
This course covers contemporary issues in bilingual education theory, research, and practice. Topics include as developmental needs, standards, assessment, and methods for promoting engaged and critical reading and speaking.
Directed Field Experience
The fieldwork requirement enables you to gain practical instructional skills in an educational setting that's aligned with your career goals.
Featuring the graduate EFL certificate on your resume lets global education employers know you're prepared to teach non-native speakers around the world how to read, write, and converse in English.
You can enroll with or without a background in teaching or English studies. And because you can finish in less time than a master's program, you can quickly move into your new career teaching English in other countries – even if you're coming into it from a different area of study, such as business, computer science, or economics.
Earning this credential at UAlbany also helps you make potential career connections as you become part of a large alumni network of respected education professionals.
Careers and Advisement
The Pathways Into Education (PIE) Center is the central office on campus serving undergraduate, graduate, and prospective students interested in pursuing careers in education and programs leading to teacher certification.
Please call or email to schedule an appointment.
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