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Certificate Programs

Admission Requirements

Students who want to earn certificates in English Language Proficiency must first take the Michigan Placement Test (MPT). A score of 50 on the MPT is required for admission to the Intermediate Certificate in English program. A score of 65 on the MPT or completion of the High-Intermediate Certificate is required for the Advanced Certificate program. Possible transfer credit from other institutions will be determined by the director in accordance with university policies.

Intermediate Certificate of English Proficiency (ICEP)

The intermediate certificate in English proficiency consists of 15 credits in English language studies, with 12 of the credits in required courses and 3 credits in an elective course. This program may be completed in one semester.

Required Courses (12 credits)
Course No. Course Title
ESL 151 Grammar I
ESL 154 Reading & Vocabulary
ESL 157 Composition
ESL 159 Speaking & Listening or ESL 120 Pronunciation
Electives Three approved credits chosen from the elective credit list

High Intermediate Certificate of English Proficiency (HICEP)

The high intermediate certificate in English proficiency consists of 15 credits in English language studies, with 12 of the credits in required courses and 3 credits in an elective course. This program may be completed in one semester.

Required Courses (12 Credits)
Course No. Course Title
ESL 152 Grammar II
ESL 155 Reading & Writing
ESL 158 Reading & Discussion
ESL 148 Vocabulary of American English
Electives Three approved credits chosen from the elective credit list

Advanced Certificate of English Proficiency (ACEP)

The advanced certificate in English proficiency consists of 15 credits in English language studies, with 12 of the credits in required courses and 3 credits in elective courses. This program may be completed in one semester. Completion of this certificate program with a GPA of 3.2, along with instructor recommendation, may result in waiver of the TOEFL or MTELP.

Required Courses (12 credits)
Course No. Course Title
ESL 161 Grammar
ESL 164 Reading & Vocabulary
ESL 167 Composition
ESL 169 Speaking & Listening
Electives Three approved credits chosen from the elective credit list

Certificate of Academic Proficiency in English (CAP)

The certificate in Academic Proficiency in English consists of 15 credits in advanced English language studies, with 12 of the credits in required courses and 3 credits in elective courses. This program may be completed in one semester. Completion of this certificate with a GPA of 3.2 results in a waiver of the TOEFL or MTELP.

Required Courses (12 credits)
Course No. Course Title
ESL 162 Grammar of Written English
ESL 165 Reading & Writing
ESL 168 Advanced Academic Writing
ESL 185 Advanced English Competency
Electives Three approved credits chosen from the elective credit list

Elective Credit List

Elective Credits
Course No. Course Title
ESL 103 Communicating in English III
ESL 104 Communicating in English IV
ESL 105 Communicating in English V
ESL 106 Communicating in English VI
ESL 110 Pronunciation & Listening
ESL 113 English for Hospitality
ESL 114 English for Business
ESL 150 Pronunciation
ESL 153 Reading & Discussion
ESL 156 Grammar for Communication
ESL 160 Vocabulary & Idioms of American English
ESL 163 Reading & Discussion
ESL 171 Technical English
ESL 174 American Culture: Reading & Speaking
ESL 176 Academic Study Skills for ESL Students
ESL 178 Adv/Int Vocabulary Development
ESL 185 Advanced English Competency
ESL 380/580 Advanced Oral Presentation Skills for Graduate TAs