Certificate Program

The Second Language Studies/ESL Program offers a “Graduate Certificate in Second Language Studies/ESL”. Students currently admitted to a degree program as well as those who are non-degree seeking are eligible to earn a certificate. Students may complete the certificate independently of their field of study.

NOTE: Anyone interested in earning the certificate must apply for admission through the Graduate School. The application process and admission to the Program must be complete by the end of the first week of the semester in which the first course is taken. For more information, contact the English Graduate Office at griff@purdue.edu.

Course requirements

A total of 15 hours of credit must be earned to qualify for the certificate.

Prerequisite (3 hours)

     ENGL 59600: Introduction to Inquiry in Second Language Studies/ESL

Core courses (Take both; 3 hours each)
     ENGL 51600: Theory
     ENGL 51800: Curriculum

Additional Courses (Take any 2; 3 hours each)
     ENGL 56500: Sociolinguistics
     ENGL 61700: Contemporary English
     ENGL 61800: Quantitative Research
     ENGL 61900: Qualitative Research
     ENGL 62900: Seminar in ESL
     ENGL 63000: Second Language Writing
     ENGL 63100: World Englishes
     ENGL 67400: Language Testing

To fulfill the certificate requirements, a minimum GPA of 3.0 and a minimum grade of B minus have to be attained for any course that is to be applied to the certificate. All courses must be taken for a letter grade.

NOTE: The certificate cannot be posted to your transcript until a completed “SLS/ESL Certificate Program Audit Form” (available from the English Department Graduate Office) is submitted to the English Department Graduate Office.

Transfer credit and prior coursework
With the approval of the Director of the Second Language Studies/ESL Program,

  • a maximum of six (6) credits may be transferred from other institutions to meet the requirements of the program.

  • a maximum of six (6) hours of coursework taken at Purdue prior to admission to the Program may be counted toward completion of the certificate.

  • a maximum of six (6) hours of coursework from the Program may be applied to a degree program if a student is later admitted to the MA or PhD program in Second Language Studies/ESL.

In all three circumstances, the course/s must have been completed within five years prior to the awarding of the certificate and a grade of B – minus or above must have been earned.

The maximum number of credit hours to be applied or transferred is six (6). There are no exceptions.

Courses may be applied for credit toward the completion of more than one certificate.

Maximum time allowed for completion of the certificate is 5 years.

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