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Become a Teacher of English as an International Language in Two Semesters

Become a teacher of English as an international language (EIL) in just two semesters (18 credits). The TESOL Graduate Certificate of Recognition (GCoR) program prepares you to teach English abroad. The program faculty introduces you to a set of core courses that situate teaching English as a social, cultural, historical, and political endeavor in a variety of educational institutions outside of the United States.

Furthermore, the program provides you with specific materials (teaching videos, media clips related to learning English, etc.) describing the cultural and educational backgrounds of the target countries in order to understand how English is learned and used in those countries. 

Applying Credits Toward the MA in TESOL

The TESOL GCoR was created specifically for those who already have an undergraduate degree from an accredited university and who are interested in teaching English abroad. Students who complete the program and wish to pursue a master of arts degree in TESOL will be able to apply credits earned through the TESOL GCoR program toward completion of the MA in TESOL program if they enter the master’s program within two years of finishing the TESOL GCoR program.

Course Format

Take all courses with your classmates as a cohort (about 15 students are admitted each fall), progressing through the entire one-year sequence of classes as a group. You will take three 3-credit courses per semester for two consecutive semesters.

Courses (18 credits total)

Required Courses

ENGL 625 Introduction to TESOL

ENGL 644 TESOL Methodology, Materials, Instructional Technology ENGL 725 Second Language Literacy

ENGL 742 Cross Cultural Communication

Electives (Two of the following)

ENGL 754 World Englishes

ENGL 723 Second Language Teaching

ENGL 641 Special Topics: Critical ESL Assessment ENGL 730 Teaching Writing

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum grade point average requirement is 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Interest in and commitment to teaching abroad

For More Information

Dr. Gloria Park, TESOL GCoR Program Director
Gloria.Park@iup.edu
Sutton Hall, Room 346
724-357-3095

Teaching Opportunities

Check the following websites for opportunities to teach English abroad:

Department of English

  • English Department
  • Leonard Hall, Room 110
    421 North Walk
    Indiana, PA 15705-1094
  • Phone: 724-357-2261
  • Fax: 724-357-2265
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.