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ESL Certification For Classroom Teachers 2013

TESL off Campus Cohort Program

Do you work with English Language Learners (ELLs) or wish to qualify yourself for ESL teaching positions?

RIC's M.Ed. in TESL program is offering an off-campus graduate course sequence (seven courses) for Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Teachers (English and All Content Area Teachers; Modern Language Teachers). This is a fast-track route for certified classroom teachers, which provides interested teachers with their ESL certificate in three semesters and one summer session.

Admission in the M.Ed. in TESL program is required for participation in the cohort. This program is intended for newly enrolled graduate students or prospective graduate students who have completed no more than one TESL course.

Advantages Of The Cohort Model

  • Reduced tuition and no fees! Cohort scholarship tuition rates save approximately $100 per graduate course, AND you do not have to pay any college fees. The overall savings is 10% from the on-campus rate!
  • Guaranteed completion of the coursework leading to the ESL certificate by December 2014*. Compact delivery of courses into 8-week sequences allows students to complete the courses required for the ESL certificate within three semesters and one summer session.
  • Community of learners approach. Participants will develop collegial networks with their classmates and engage in meaningful classroom-related coursework throughout the program; students will be encouraged to collaborate with their peers and will receive support from full-time faculty or seasoned ESL professionals throughout the program.
  • Hybrid course design. Each course combines face-to-face with online instruction for maximum flexibility of course delivery.
  • Off-campus location:  West Bay Collaborative, 144 Bignall Street, Warwick, RI 

    144 Bignall St

    * Candidates seeking ESL certificate in the state of Rhode Island must complete all of the TESL courses listed and pass
    the Praxis Test English to Speakers of Other Languages. (Test 0361).
Tentative Schedule (Subject To Change) 
    Classes will be held once a week on Mondays or Wednesdays 4:00-6:50 p.m. with one or two Saturday sessions scheduled for each class. The online component varies from 5 to 10 hours

    Fall 2013 (August - December 2013)

    • TESL 539   Language Acquisition and Learning 3
    • TESL 549   Sociocultural Foundations of Language Minority Education 3

    Spring 2014 (January - April  2014)

    •  TESL 541   Applied Linguistics in ESL 3
    •  TESL 546   Teaching English as a Second Language 3

    Summer 2014 (May - June 2014)

    • TESL 507    Teaching Reading and Writing to English-as-a-Second-Language Students 3

    Fall 2014 (September - December 2014)

    • TESL 551    Curriculum Development and Language Assessment in ESL 3
    • TESL 553    Internship in English as a Second Language 3

Interested?  RSVP below or contact Nancy Cloud, Cohort Coordinator at

Admissions Application: Deadline for applications was May 1, 2013. Contact cohort coordinator for information on other options. 
Alexander Sidorkin,
Jan 30, 2013, 1:40 PM