FAQs

 

  1. How do I declare a language Minor or Major?
  2. Where is the language lab?
  3. Are there language tutors to help me?
  4. Is there a fee for tutoring?
  5. May I take more than one lower-level language class in the same semester?
  6. How do I obtain my Professor's office hours?
  7. Is there a placement test I can take?
  8. I took a language in High school...
  9. How do I drop a course after late registration?
  10. What is the difference between a withdrawal and a drop?
  11. Do you offer Arabic or Chinese?
  12. How do I contact my professors if I will be out for an extended period of time that will cause me to miss significant class time?
  13. What if I have an emergency and need to drop a course after the add-drop period?
  14. I would like to work in your department as a Student Assistant or Work-Study...
  15. I have been placed on academic probation, what do I need to do?
  16. I need a language course and the class I need is closed for registration. How do I obtain an Override?
  17. What is a QR or Mobile Code and how are they used?
  18. I speak Spanish in my home, and I was educated in all of my high school curricula in Spanish, outside of the United States. What class should I take to satisfy my foreign language requirement?
  19. I am minoring in Spanish and am enrolled in the Criminal Justice Program at VSU. Should I switch to the Spanish for Professionals Certificate?
  20. I am a graduate student in Education and would like to take the Spanish for Professionals and TESOL Certificate Programs. Do you offer the required courses at the graduate level? 

     

MAT and ESOL FAQs

  1. What is the endorsement?
  2. What is the difference between ESOL Certification, the ESOL Endorsement, and the TESOL Certificate?
  3. I am in the MAT FLED Program, but I want to be able to teach ESOL. If I am interested in being able to teach ESOL, should I pursue the ESOL Certification?
  4. I'm not a VSU student. Can I pursue the endorsements? 
  5. I currently live out of the country, how will field observation placements work for me?
  6. I currently live out of state, how will field observation placements work for me?
  7. I plan on moving to New York when I graduate. Will the endorsement be accepted there?
  8. I'm taking ESOL over the summer and I'm currently an ESOL student in the spring. Can I complete the hours of observation for my summer classes ahead of time?
  9. How do non-VSU students handle LiveTEXT?
  10. If I obtain the ESOL endorsement as an undergraduate, can I return and take the remaining three courses for the ESOL Certificate as a graduate student (without having to retake the three endorsement courses)?
  11. How do I validate my ESOL endorsement?
  12. Will my ESOL Endorsement or my TESOL Certificate be displayed on my diploma or transcript?
  13. Does the MAT award T-5 certification or something higher (because it is at the graduate level)?
  14. Case study question: does my informant have to be over 18 years old?
  15. Case study question: I'm taking more than one ESOL lass. Do I have to put all of my field observation hours on one sheet?
  16. Case study question: I'm taking more than one ESOL class. Can I interview the same person for both of my case study papers?
  17. Can I exempt the GACE Basic Skills Exam program assessment requirement?
  18. What is considered a passing score for the GACE Basic Skills Exam in order to be eligible for MAT FLED or MAT ESOL program admission? 

How do I declare a language minor?

Come to the MCL office and obtain a "Declaration of Major/Minor form" (or download one here). The form will need to be signed by the language adviser and turned into the Registrar's Office for processing.

Where is the language lab?

The language lab is located in West Hall Room 1308.

Are there tutors in the lab to help me?

Tutors are available on the second floor of Odum Library in the Academic Support Center. You can contact the Center directly for hours at 229-333-7570.

Is there a fee for tutoring?

No, tutoring is included in your student fees.

May I take more than one lower-level language class in the same semester?

No, courses are offered in sequence. The only exception is Summer which is broken up into three separate semester terms. Lower level classes are 1001, 1002, 2001, and 2002.

How do I find out when my professor has office hours?

Office hours are posted on the door of the professors' office, on their syllabi, and on the bulletin board in the MCL office (WH 1306). Office hours change each semester. In most cases, if you cannot make it during office hours, you can e-mail or call your professor to make an appointment.

Is there a test I can take to find out what level class I should take?

Yes, there is a placement test. Anyone taking a language course may take the test. It is recommended even if you have had a language in high school. If you would like to take the test, contact the department secretary to set up a time and date.

If I took a language in high school, may I take a 1001 level course for credit towards my degree major?

Yes, but depending on your proficiency, you may need to take a class higher than the beginning level. At the beginning of your first foreign language course, you will take the WebCAPE Placement Exam. This free placement exam will help determine your placement in foreign language courses. 

How do I drop a course after late registration?

After late registration, courses may no longer be dropped and students must withdraw from the course. Classes may be dropped using the WEB withdrawal process up to a specific date each semester, typically the first week of the semester. This date may be included in your syllabus and on the Registrar's Office website. If you need information on using WEB withdrawal and the dates it is available, please contact the Registrar's Office or see your adviser. If there are extenuating circumstances leading to your drop of a course(s), you can get a Late Registration Add/Drop Form from the Registrar's Office. 

What is the difference between a withdrawal and a drop?

A withdrawal is noted on your transcript, a drop is not. When you withdraw on the web after the official drop/add period you are withdrawing from the course and not dropping the course. The withdrawal deadline is right after midterms and the dates can be found on the Registrar's Office website. Please contact the Registrar's Office at 229-333-5727 for further clarification, or consult your course catalog.

Do you offer Arabic or Chinese?

Yes, contact the Center for International Programs at 229-333-7410 for more information on these new programs.

How do I contact my professors if I will be out for an extended period of time that will cause me to miss significant class time?

You should contact the Division of Student Affairs and they can instruct you as to the best way to make the necessary notifications. If you are going to miss just one class, you may call the office and leave a message for the professor, or notify them by email.

What if I have a need to add/drop after late registration?

Once the drop/add period has ended, students may not drop/add a class unless they complete both an add/drop form and a petition for late registration. In this form, they must give a reason why they are registering or dropping a class beyond the deadlines. The forms must be signed by professors, department heads or appropriate directors, the Dean, and the VPAA.

I would like to work in your department as a Student Assistant or Work-Study...

Contact Career Opportunities if you are eligible for Work-Study, or need to confirm your eligibility, contact the Office of Financial Aid. We do hire both work-study students and student assistants for both our language lab and our office. Limited positions are available. If you are a language major, and have completed course work in the upper-division here at VSU, and are interested in tutoring in your language, contact student employment about openings at the Academic Support Center.

I have been placed on Academic Probation, what should I do?

Notify your advisor prior to registering for any classes. It is not advisable to attempt courses while on probation without working with your advisor to create a plan to improve. Many times students will not seek out their advisor when problems like this arise. Just remember, this is your college career. The achievements, as well as the failures, will influence your future and the choices you will have.

I need a language course and the class I need is closed for registration. How do I obtain an Override?

Overrides are processed via an online form. Students needing to gain entry to a closed class must use the form during open registration. Once registration is closed, manual registration through the registrar is required and typically need the use of a Late Registration Add/Drop Form.

What is a QR or Mobile Code and how are they used?

MCL used QR or Mobile Codes on all it's print materials. Mobile codes are basically bar codes that can be scanned by an app loaded into your Smart Phone. The codes on MCL materials will take you either to a page on our website where more information can be found on a specific topic or to our main page for news and announcements.

I speak Spanish in my home, and I was educated in all of my high school curricula in Spanish, outside of the United States. What class should I take to satisfy my foreign language requirement?

Students who went to a high school outside of the US, where all courses were taught in a language other than English, may NOT take a 1001, 1002, 2001, or 2002 level course in that same language to satisfy the language requirement for ANY program of study at VSU. Students who wish to take another language, other than the one they speak naturally, may take 1001+ level courses. Students who wish to satisfy their requirements in the native language may do so, but must initially take a WebCAPE placement test. Students who are fluent or heritage speakers typically begin at the 3000 levels or higher in Spanish, and 2002 level in French. If you would like to get the credits for the lower-level courses, you will have to take the CLEP Exam through the Office of Testing.

I am minoring in Spanish and am enrolled in the Criminal Justice Program at VSU. Should I switch to the Spanish for Professionals Certificate?

You can, but due to the requirements of the Spanish minor and the Spanish for Professionals Certificate, you can usually obtain both at the same time. For more information about how you can do that please reach out to 229-333-5948. 

I am a graduate student in the College of Education and would like to take the Spanish for Professionals and TESOL Certificate Programs. Do you offer the required courses at the graduate level?

The Spanish for Professionals Certificate is only offered at the undergraduate level; however, graduate students are welcome to take the courses and earn the certificate. The TESOL is offered two ways: as an 18-hour stand-alone certificate, or as a 9-hour ESOL endorsement for those already certified to teach in Georgia. These courses are offered at the graduate and undergraduate levels.

 

MAT ESOL and FLED FAQs

What is the endorsement?

The English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) endorsement accredits pre-service or in-service teachers, speech and language pathologists, or school counselors to teach English to speakers of other languages in the public schools of Georgia. It is reciprocal with many other states. If you’re thinking about teaching in other states, check the state professional standards commission for reciprocity requirements.

  • ESOL Endorsementdescribed above and is primarily for teachers serving P-12 students as an add on to an existing certification. This is a 3 course series: ESOL 4010/6010, ESOL 4020/6020, and ESOL 4030/6030.  

  • ESOL Certification: is obtained through the ESOL MAT and is a primary certification to teach ESOL in P-12 schools.

  • TESOL Certificate: this is a stand-alone certificate granted by Valdosta State University’s Department of Modern and Classical Languages. Graduates have used this credentialing to teach overseas. This is a 6 course series: ESOL 4010/6010, ESOL 4020/6020, and ESOL 4030/6030, ESOL 4040/6040, ESOL 4050/6050, and ESOL 4060/6060. *This certificate alone does NOT qualify you to teach in a U.S. public school.

The MAT FLED program has the ESOL endorsement embedded as part of the curriculum, so you do not need to pursue the endorsement or certification.

Unless you are enrolled in the E-Languages Collaborative program, non-VSU students cannot pursue the endorsement. However, the TESOL certificate is available to non-VSU students.

Yes, the College of Education and Human Services will accept out-of-state placements as long as a student can identify 3-5 field experience sites. Students will work with their professors and the placement coordinator to verify these sites.

It depends on the state. Some states have direct reciprocity while others require more than the ESOL endorsement required in Georgia.

You need to wait until the class starts and be in close contact with your professor regarding completing hours of observation ahead of time.

 See above.These students would need to be enrolled in the E-Languages Collaborative Program.

Yes. If you have obtained the ESOL endorsement as an undergrad and decide you would like to complete the required courses to earn the ESOL certificate, then you may take those remaining three after graduation without having to retake the endorsement courses.

After securing a position with a public school, you will need to go to your school’s Human Resources department, and they will contact VSU. From there, VSU will contact GaPSC, and they will share your information to register your ESOL endorsement.  

The ESOL endorsement and TESOL certificate will NOT be displayed on your diploma nor your transcript as a separate credential. However, the Department of Modern and Classical Languages will grant a signed certificate upon request.

Upon program completion and recommendation of certification by VSU, an unemployed completer without any other prior certification in Georgia would receive a certificate of eligibility until hired by a school system in Georgia. Once hired, that certificate converts to a professional induction pathway 4 (IN4T) certificate at a level 5. If the completer already has a provisional certificate in Georgia (IN1T), then upon program completion and recommendation by VSU the certificate is converted to a IN4T at a level 5.

Yes. Unless you are a practicing teacher, then consult with your professor.  

You may have them on one sheet but it is optional.

You can use the same informant, but the focus of the case study papers must be specific to the class objectives.

You may be eligible to exempt the GACE Basic Skills Exam Program Admission Assessment Requirement by using passing SAT, GRE, or ACT scores. In order to document GACE Program Admission Assessment exemption for state certification requirements, applications may submit official scores upon application that meet the following thresholds on the following exams:

  • GRE taken before August 2011: 1030 (Verbal + Quantitative)

  • GRE taken August 2011 or later: 297 (Verbal + Quantitative)

  • SAT: 1000 (Verbal + Quantitative)

  • ACT: 43 (English + Math)

    • SAT and ACT scores may be documented by official high school transcripts, official college transcript with scores posted, or an official
      score report from the testing service.

Applicants must make a passing score of 250 on the GACE.