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Certificate Programs

A variety of certificate programs are offered through TWU Extension. Delivered at non-traditional times, formats, and locations, these programs are developed for the adult and non-traditional learner. Certificate programs feature laddering options to ensure smooth transition into bachelor’s or master’s degree programs. Completion requirements and standards may vary by program. Visit www.twu.ca/extension for more information.

Teaching ESL Certificate

The Teaching ESL Certificate is a comprehensive university program equivalent to 30 sem. hrs. The program described below may be laddered towards a bachelor’s degree (see Linguistics) as a component of a degree or may be taken as an independent certificate. It provides an overview, theories, and practical teaching techniques for various learning styles, age groupings, and levels in teaching English as a second language. The practical program prepares students in four crucial areas:

  1. basic education principles;
  2. methodology for teaching English as a second language;
  3. an understanding of cross-cultural communications; and
  4. foundations in linguistics.

The TESL program is open to individuals seeking a TESL certificate (either with or without a bachelor’s degree), current university students seeking a minor in this field, current teachers seeking to upgrade their TESL skills, and those preparing for the M.A. (TESOL) program. See Linguistics section of this Calendar for information on a minor in Applied Linguistics (TESL).

Teaching ESL Certificate requires the successful completion of:

Education/Methodology Courses (required courses):
LING 268 Introduction to Teaching English as a Second Language (3 sem. hrs.)
LING 305 Fundamentals of English Grammar for ESL Teachers (3 sem. hrs.)
LING 410 Teaching, Listening, and Speaking in an ESL Context (3 sem. hrs.)
LING 420 Teaching, Reading, and Writing Methodology in an ESL Context (3 sem. hrs.)
LING 401 Practicum (1 sem. hr.)
LING 312 Testing in English as a Second Language (1 sem. hr.)
Cross-Cultural Communications Courses (required courses):
COMM 302 Cross-Cultural Communications (3 sem. hrs.)
LING 210 Introduction to Language in Social Context (2 sem. hrs.)
Linguistics (required courses):
LING 310 Articulatory Phonetics (3 sem. hrs.)
LING 330 Phonological Analysis (3 sem. hrs.)
Weekend Seminars (1 sem. hr. each)—
Choose 5 sem. hrs. from the following recommended practical skills based courses:
Note: Up to 3 sem. hrs. from Linguistics major or minor courses may be substituted.
LING 313 Teaching English Phonology and Intonation
LING 314 Teaching Beginners English as a Second Language
LING 315 Computer Assisted Instruction in ESL
LING 316 ESL Classroom Management
LING 317 ESL Curriculum and Materials
LING 318 Theatre for ESL Teachers
LING 319 Perspectives in TESOL and Missions

Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership

This certificate consists of five graduate level courses for educators. Serving multiple educational audiences, this program may be taken as a stand-alone certificate or may be laddered towards the M.A. in Leadership program for those seeking further degree options. This program is designed for current and prospective principals, assistant principals, curriculum and grade coordinators, teachers, and leaders in educational organizations. Some courses are delivered in face-to-face formats during Summer sessions and some are delivered online between September and May. Check www.twu.ca/extension for schedules.

Program Content:

The Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership requires the successful completion of five courses (15 sem. hrs.).

Core Requirements:
EDUC 622 Leadership in Educational Organizations (3 sem. hrs.)
EDUC 624 School Leadership and Supervision (3 sem. hrs.)
EDUC 625 Instructional Leadership and the Dynamics of Change (3 sem. hrs.)
Elective Courses (choose two):
EDUC 621 Worldview Foundations for Schooling (3 sem. hrs.)
EDUC 623 Developing Educational Programs (3 sem. hrs.)
EDUC 626 Legal, Political, and Social Contexts of Education (3 sem. hrs.)

Graduate Certificate in Christian School Education

Similar to the above Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership, this program is for teachers and prospective teachers in Christian schools who want to enhance or develop a Christian worldview perspective in their teaching style and content. The program assists teachers in developing a Christian understanding of educational issues. Courses in the Certificate in Christian School Education may be applied to the M.A. in Christian Studies at TWU’s ACTS seminaries. Courses at the 600 level may be used for credit towards the M.A. in Leadership (Education stream). Some courses are delivered in face-to-face formats during Summer sessions and some are delivered online between September and May. Check www.twu.ca/extension for schedules.

Program Content:

The Graduate Certificate in Christian School Education requires the successful completion of five courses (15 sem. hrs.).

Course Requirements
(choose five of the following):
EDUC 540 Christian Approaches on Teaching and Pedagogy
EDUC 545 Assessing and Evaluating Student Learning
EDUC 560 Christian Schooling: Foundations and Practices
EDUC 569 Curriculum and Pedagogy: Biblical Studies
EDUC 621 Worldview Foundations for Schooling
EDUC 622 Leadership in Educational Organizations
EDUC 623 Developing Educational Programs
Elective Option:
One approved 3 sem. hrs. course in Biblical Studies or Theology at TWU’s ACTS seminaries may be substituted.

Certificate in Leadership and Applied Public Affairs

Offered at the Laurentian Leadership Centre in Ottawa, this residency certificate recognizes 15 sem. hrs. of upper level credit for specialized study in governmental affairs. The program includes 6 sem. hrs. of practicum experience throughout the semester. The practicum experience is relevant to a wide variety of career choices including international relations, business, communications, history, politics, non-governmental organizations, and public service.

This program may be laddered towards a bachelor’s degree as a degree component or may be taken as an independent certificate through TWU Extension. For interested students who have a recognized bachelor’s degree, this program may be taken as a Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Applied Public Affairs, with advanced study requirements. Visiting and non-degree seeking learners may access these certificates through TWU Extension.

Program Content:

The Certificate in Leadership and Applied Public Affairs requires the successful completion of:

POLS 391 Canadian Governmental Leadership (3 sem. hrs.)
POLS 392 Ethics and Public Affairs (3 sem. hrs.)
POLS 393 Law, Public Policy, and Cultural Change (3 sem. hrs.)
POLS 361-369 Internships (6 sem. hrs.)
or 6 sem. hrs. of discipline-specific practica recognized and authorized by the student’s major or minor (e.g., Business, Communications, History, etc.).

University Transfer Certificate: humanities and social sciences

This 24 sem. hrs. certificate program provides the learner with a liberal arts foundation in the humanities and social sciences. Developed for partnership institutions and organizations, the certificate provides a set of first and second year university courses applicable for transferable credit to most institutions.

Program Content:

ENGL 103 Introduction to Literature: Short Fiction and Poetry (3 sem. hrs.)
ENGL 104 Introduction to Literature: Drama and the Novel (3 sem. hrs.)
HIST 111 History of Western Civilization (3 sem. hrs.)
HIST 260 History of Christianity (3 sem. hrs.)
PHIL 105 Introduction to Philosophy (3 sem. hrs.)
PHIL 210 Contemporary Ethical Issues (3 sem. hrs.)
PSYC 106 Introduction to Psychology (3 sem. hrs.)
SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology (3 sem. hrs.)

More Information

Contact:

TWU Extension for program information

Tel.:
604.513.2067

 

For specific course content information, contact the TWU Langley campus liaison:

Tel.:
604.513.2121 ext. 3470

 

In Ottawa, contact the program director

Tel.:
613.569.7511, ext. 5010.

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