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USC Upstate to Offer Post Baccalaureate Certificate in English for Speakers of Other Languages

03- 28- 2008

Spartanburg, S.C. – The University of South Carolina Upstate has received approval from the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education to offer a 15-hour post baccalaureate certificate in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). This non-degree program is designed for K-12 school personnel who wish to advance their professional development and enhance their knowledge and expertise in ESOL but are not seeking a master’s degree.

“Teachers with knowledge and skill in teaching second language learners are needed at every grade level,” said Dr. Rebecca Stevens, director of graduate programs at USC Upstate. “The University’s offering of the ESOL program will certainly meet a need in the Upstate.”

The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in the ESOL program is offered in a 12-consecutive month sequence. These graduate level courses will be offered in the day during the first summer session and late in the afternoon during fall and spring semesters, making the program accessible to individuals who are in-service teachers. The fall and spring courses require practicum experiences; students must work directly with speakers of other languages either in after-school or weekend programs to meet course expectations. Though the rotation of courses will remain constant, graduate candidates may elect to complete their program at a slower pace, as long as the program is completed within three years.

ESOL endorsement may be added to any certificate including early childhood, elementary, middle grades, secondary, special education, or physical education. Additional courses may be needed in order to meet all certification requirements depending on a candidate’s academic background. 

Dr. Dave Marlow, assistant professor of languages, literature and composition, and Dr. Marilyn Izzard, associate professor of education, will teach the courses. To learn more details, call (864) 503-5573.