Certificate Programs

Mobile Technology Learning Certificate

Offered in collaboration with the Division of Professional and Continuing Education and the School of Leadership and Education Sciences-Mobile Technology Learning Center (MTLC), the four-course Mobile Technology Learning Certificate program demonstrates how mobile technologies can facilitate teaching and learning in schools and districts. The certificate offers a unique online program that equips teachers and school leaders with the skills needed to be effective educators in a mobile technology-learning environment. Mobile technologies facilitate teaching and learning in classrooms, schools or districts. Explore existing and emerging technologies such as, iPads, iPods, cell phones, Netbooks and e-readers and how they can be integrated into the classroom. This unique online program equips teachers and school leaders with the skills to thrive in today’s mobile technology learning environment. All four courses are delivered in the online fixed-date format. For enrollment information, contact the Division of Professional and Continuing Education.

Specialist Certificate in Character Development

The Certificate Program in Character Development is designed to meet the needs of educators who are interested in the character development of children and youth. This unique program offers SOLES graduate students the opportunity to take any one of four courses as electives in their current programs. It also enables SOLES graduate students who complete three of the four courses (12 units) to earn a Specialist Certificate in Character Development.

These graduate credit courses are offered online through the Department of Learning and Teaching. The character development certificate program can usually be completed in one academic year. A graduate certificate in character development will improve candidate’s knowledge and skills in helping students develop the habits of good character. 

Course Requirements

Required (9 units)
EDUC 553Curriculum and Programs in Character Education3
EDUC 554Character Based Classroom Management3
EDUC 556Instructional Strategies in Character Education3
Elective (3 units)
EDUC 568Character and Athletics3
EDUC 581CMulticultural and Philosophical Foundations of Education in a Global Society3

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Certificate

The Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) is comprised of 15 units of graduate level coursework designed to provide candidates with the knowledge, skills and dispositions needed to effectively teach English to English Language Learners.

Certificate candidates will acquire a working knowledge of linguistics, first and second language acquisition and the cultural and social contexts of learning listening, speaking and writing skills in English with speakers of other languages. TESOL certificate candidates will examine the latest theories, research and applications in TESOL and acquire the knowledge and cultural competencies to assume leadership roles in their areas of expertise. Two features that distinguish this certificate from other certificate programs are: one unit of practicum experience that candidates receive will be in various educational, public, private and community settings where English is taught and two units of a three-unit course will provide an international context and experience where candidates will learn about language, culture, education and traditions of a nation other than their own through international travel.

As a result of earning a TESOL certificate, graduates will have the expertise to be employed in various education settings as English as a Second Language (ESL) instructors in language institutes, in private and public international schools, businesses, nonprofit agencies and community agencies. A TOEFL score of 83 (Internet based) is required for admission of international students. National and international candidates seeking the TESOL certificate will need to meet the regular graduate admissions criteria for the corresponding master’s degree in TESOL, Literacy and Culture with the TESOL certificate option.


Program of Study

EDUC 529Language, Literacy and Culture3
EDUC 540Introduction to the Nature of Language and Linguistic3
EDUC 541Second Language Acquisition and Development3
EDUC 543CMethods of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages6

General Admission Requirements

Please contact SOLES Office of Admissions and Outreach for information.