The graduate certificate in TETYC is designed for qualified candidates who wish to further their education in the field of teaching English at the community or two-year college.  This certificate is not offered online.

Applicants seeking admission to this program must hold a BA, BS or an equivalent degree from an accredited college or university in the US or overseas.  Nonnative speakers of English will be required to submit a qualifying score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or the Pearson Test of English (PTE) unless they have a degree from an accredited college or university in the US.  Students interested in pursuing the certificate can enroll as non-degree seeking students or pursue the certificate concurrently while enrolled in an ECU graduate program.  Admission is based on completion of the ECU certificate application and approval by the program coordinator.

The certificate requires 12 s.h. of graduate-level course work, including ENGL 7666, 7960, and 7975 (required), and 3 s.h. to be selected from ENGL 6528, 6625, 7745, and 7950.  Other courses may be substituted with approval from the Director of Graduate Studies. As part of the certificate program, students begin a digital teaching portfolio, which they add to as they take their four certificate courses.

Upon completion of coursework, students can officially apply for the TETYC Certificate in Banner. At this point, students should also submit to Dr. Banks ( their three writing samples from the teaching portfolios they worked on as part of the certificate:

  1. a reflective/analytical document (typically, teaching philosophy);
  2. a sample course syllabus and corresponding teaching activity;
  3. a sample of research-based scholarly writing.

Additional details can be obtained by contacting the Director of Graduate Studies or Prof. Will Banks (

Core Courses

  • 7960: Methods of Teaching English in the TYC
  • 7975: Developmental English in the TYC

 Elective Courses

  • 6528: Teaching English as a Second Language: Theories & Principles
  • 6625: Teaching Composition: Theory & Practice
  • 7666: TETYC Internship
  • 7745: Teaching Professional Communication
  • 7950: Issues in Teaching Composition




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