Nov 14, 2018  
2017-2019 Graduate Catalog 
2017-2019 Graduate Catalog

Addendum to the Graduate Catalog 2017- 2019

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Teaching English as a Second Language Endorsement (TESL)

Department of Linguistics
1024 Human Health Building   (map)
(248) 370-2175 • Fax (248) 370-3144


Graduate Coordinator:
Lisa Levinson
1023 Human Health Building
(248) 364-8806     


The Oakland University Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) Endorsement program is a joint effort between the College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Linguistics and the School of Education and Human Services. The program has received approval from the State of Michigan Board of Education to offer a TESL Endorsement to teacher certification. The program consists of 20 credits taken in four successive semesters.

Program description

The purpose of the TESL Endorsement program is to prepare K-12 teachers to teach ESL classes and to better service LEP (Limited English Proficiency) students presently in K-12 classes. The program is designed for participants who have already obtained a State of Michigan teaching certificate and are interested in this additional endorsement. The courses in the TESL Endorsement program will help teachers understand the linguistic and cultural problems that students have when English is not their native language. With TESL background and training, educators will be able to deal with those problems effectively and help students who speak other languages become more integrated into classroom activities.

Admission terms and application deadlines

Before an applicant’s file can be reviewed for full program admission, all application documents must be received in Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning by the semester deadlines listed below. Incomplete applications will not be sent to departments for admission review.

  • February 15 (early), April 15 (regular) and July 15 (late) for fall semester
  • October 1 (early) and November 15 (regular) for winter semester
  • March 1 (regular) for summer semester
  • International applicants 

Application requirements

To be considered for graduate admission, applicants must submit all Graduate Application Requirements and additional department requirements by the published application deadlines:

1. Graduate Application Requirements

  • Online Application for Admission to Graduate Study  
  • Official transcripts providing evidence of an earned baccalaureate degree from an accredited U.S. institution, OR a degree equivalent to a four-year U.S. baccalaureate degree from a college or university of government-recognized standing.
  • Official transcripts for all post-secondary educational institutions from which the applicant earned a degree (beginning with the first baccalaureate) and for all enrollment in graduate-level coursework beyond the bachelor’s degree.
    • As part of the admission requirements, graduate programs may require official transcripts from post-secondary educational institutions from which the applicant earned an associate’s degree and all enrollment in coursework both pre- and post-bachelor’s degree.
  • International university transcripts must be evaluated by a professional credential evaluation service. Oakland University will only accept transcript evaluations completed by a NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation service) member organization. Many applicants use World Educational Services (WES) or Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE).  NACES membership can be confirmed by visiting Graduate programs requiring more detailed information may require an applicant to submit a course-by-course (or detailed) evaluation report rather than the general evaluation report. Official foreign transcripts will not be required by Oakland University since official transcripts must be submitted to and verified by the evaluation service. However, applicants must submit photocopies of their foreign transcripts with their application materials.
  • Two official and original Recommendation for Graduate Admission forms.

(Note: Some programs require more than two recommendation forms. Refer to the program application requirements listed below for the total number of recommendations and specific requirements for the recommendations.)

  • Proof of English language proficiency
  • International supplemental application and supporting documentation must be submitted before international applicants can be issued the Certification of Eligibility (I-20). This certificate is required to apply for a student visa from the U.S. embassy or consulate.

2. Additional department application requirements

  • The department will consider applicants who hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution and whose credentials, including transcripts and two letters of recommendation, give evidence of academic distinction.
  • Applicants must explain, in a statement of purpose, their reasons for wishing to pursue the TESL Endorsement.
  • A grade-point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in undergraduate work is ordinarily the minimum standard for admission.
  • Applicants must have equivalent to 2 semesters of college level study in a foreign language.

Admission review and assessment

Admission to graduate study at Oakland University is selective. In making admission recommendations to Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning, each department assesses the potential of applicants for success in the program by examining their undergraduate records, goal statement, letters of recommendation, prerequisite courses and any other admission requirements established by the academic department.

Endorsement requirements

Course requirements

Half of the program consists of courses that are offered online (ALS 6630, ALS 6631, ALS 6632, and ALS 6570). For further details see

  • LIN 5501 - Linguistic Structures (4 credits)
  • ALS 5589 - Special Needs and Second Language Acquisition
  • ALS 6530 - Language Acquisition (2 credits)
  • ALS 6570 - Language, Culture and Society (2 credits)
  • ALS 6630 - Language Pedagogy (4 credits)
  • ALS 6631 - Curriculum Material and Design (2 credits)
  • ALS 6632 - Assessment and Compliance (2 credits)
  • ALS 6960 - ESL Practicum (4 credits)


Relationship to the Master of Arts in Linguistics

All courses listed under the requirements for the TESL Endorsement can be applied toward the Master of Arts degree in linguistics with a TESL specialization. It is anticipated that a graduate of the endorsement program who has all the prerequisites for the Master of Arts in linguistics can apply for admission to that program and complete the additional 16 credits needed for that degree in approximately four semesters as a part-time student or two semesters as a full-time student. The courses that make up the 16 credits of additional work for the M.A. degree are:

  • LIN 5503 - Introduction to Phonology (4 credits)   
  • LIN 5504 - Introduction to Syntax  (4 credits)
  • LIN 5505 - Phonetic Theory (4 credits) 
  • LIN 6998 - Seminar in Linguistics (4 credits)   


  • LIN 6999 - The Master’s Thesis (4 credits)  

For students completing the endorsement program who have less than a 3.0 grade-point average in courses taken in that program, and who wish to apply for admission to the M.A. program, the Department of Linguistics will consider their applications on an individual basis.

All of the credits are subject to the six-year time limit.