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Go further as an influencer in your work and community. Our graduate programs prepare you to open new doors as you reach your God-given potential.
At Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, we're dedicated to learning, serving and leading through rigorous scholarship and a humble approach to Scripture.
Take your passion for learning and teaching farther with the practical knowledge and experience of the TESOL Graduate Diploma. This non-degree program is designed for those with a bachelor’s degree to continue their journey in serving others through teaching English and does not fulfill the requirements of an initial teaching certification. Learn alongside fellow educators and leaders with diverse experiences that provide encouragement and inspiration as you live out your calling.
Estimated total cost is $14,455. Explore the full breakdown for more information.
Of students work full time while pursuing a degree.
Courses included in the program.
Cultivate your opportunity to serve others through TESOL. Whether you aspire to assist in a K-12 classroom or lead in a cross-cultural setting, you can move forward with confidence with practical experience in TESOL.
Open the door to new opportunities to meet the needs of others on your own schedule. By taking one course at a time, you’ll move quickly through the program as you cultivate your influence wherever you serve.
Engage in practical and foundational coursework that inspires you to serve the needs of others through teaching English. Each course is anchored in Christ-centered virtues, which invites you to flourish as a positive influence in your unique context.
LIN-501 Issues in TESOL
An exploration of issues that have an impact on the field of TESOL, including social, historical, legal and cultural influences. A broad scope of these issues may include philosophical differences, as well as classroom-specific difficulties.
LIN-565 TESOL Methodology I
An examination of various methods and techniques used to teach language components (grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation) and language skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking). Practice in developing and implementing balanced and effective language lesson plans will be provided along with evaluating and selecting appropriate ESL teaching materials to match various ESL audiences and teaching contexts.
LIN-525 Introduction to Linguistics
An introduction to the nature and structure of human language. Students focus on the goals, techniques and subject matter of modern linguistics.
LIN-535 Advanced English Grammar
An exploration of the descriptive and prescriptive grammar of English, which is analyzed according to traditional, structural and transformational methods. Emphasis is also placed on preparing students to teach grammar. Students survey grammar teaching methodology in conjunction with the different areas of grammar studied.
An examination of language in its social and cultural contexts. This course presents the basic socio-cultural variables (such as gender, age and social status) and shows their relation to language use and language learning. Areas covered in the course include bilingualism, dialectology, language variation and style with their relation to multilingual educational situations.
LIN-556 Second Language Acquisition
An examination of the process of learning a second language. This course surveys current SLA theory and learning models. Emphasis is given to the ways these theories and models shape pedagogical practices in ESL classrooms. Linguistic, cognitive, affective, cultural and social factors influencing the acquisition of another language are explored.
LIN-566 TESOL Methodology II
A continuation of methods study with a specific focus on aspects of course development, curriculum design and assessment, such as how to correctly assemble a specific curriculum for a class and implement it. The course also reviews assessments available, how to decide which assessment to use and when to use it. The students explore their own personal focus as well as the methodology and philosophy of teaching to help self-evaluate themselves as teachers and to use the resources provided in class to address issues. Prerequisite: LIN-565
LIN-594 TESOL Capstone
A capstone course designed to allow students to integrate various principles of the TESOL program. This course includes two possible tracks: Thesis or Non-Thesis. Students seeking a Michigan Department of Education endorsement are required to choose the Non-Thesis option, which includes 60 hours of practicum. Prerequisite: LIN-565
Jane Porter (M.A. ’19)
I felt that every class connected me and what I was studying to God’s word. The application that this connection created caused me to see more clearly my role as a Christian in this world.
At PGS, we’re passionate about welcoming you into a learning community designed to help you reach your full potential. Take your education further with additional programs designed for both educators and community leaders.
Add to your teaching foundation with the opportunity to teach English to speakers of other languages in your public school setting.
Further your influence in your school with practical and versatile curriculum in this graduate program designed for teachers.