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Cognitive Science Certificate Program

A graduate certificate in Cognitive Science is available to PhD students in Linguistics as well as other Departments at UMass Amherst. Follow this link for further information including requirements.  


Certificate in Teaching English as a Second or Other Language

A 15-credit Certificate in Teaching English as a Second or Other Language is offered by the Linguistics Department, in collaboration with the ESL Program and the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.  This Certificate is intended to provide students with the foundation in linguistics and language teaching that they need to succeed as an English language teacher. It can serve as preparation for teaching English abroad, or for teaching outside the public school system here in the US (it does not provide certification or licensure for teaching in the K-12 context). A full description with requirements can be found at this web page: https://www.umass.edu/linguistics/certificate-teaching-english-second-or-other-language. For further information, contact the Linguistics certificate coordinator, Magda Oiry.


Certificate in American English Linguistics

The Linguistics Department offers a 15-credit Certificate in American English Linguistics to students who complete a program of courses focused on the structure, usage, and dialects of American English. This Certificate is open to anyone, matriculated and non-matriculated students, regardless of whether they have been admitted to a degree program at UMass Amherst. The requirements can be completed entirely in the classroom, or with a combination of online and classroom courses.
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You can direct inquiries about the Certificate to the Linguistics Department certificate coordinator, Magda Oiry.  You don’t have to apply for admission for the Certificate, but it would be nice for you let us know that you intend to pursue it. Once you have completed the requirements, you must contact the certificate coordinator to arrange for award of the Certificate.

Required courses:

Course Catalog Number

Course Title

Credits

How offered

LINGUIST 101

People and Their Language

4

Online and classroom

LINGUIST 201

How Language Works:  Introduction to Linguistic Theory

3

Online and classroom

 

Elective courses:

A total of 8 credits chosen from:  

Course Catalog Number

Course title

Credits

How offered

LINGUIST 370

The Sounds of Englishes

4

Classroom

LINGUIST 389

Introduction to African American English

4

Classroom and online

LINGUIST 411

Introduction to Language Acquisition

4

Classroom and online

LINGUIST 413 Sociolinguistics 4 Not currently offered

The Certificate requires 15 credits based on the number of credits received at the time the course was taken. Substitutions and variations will be considered. Contact the certificate coordinator, Magda Oiry.