English Language Teaching

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Do you enjoy meeting people from other cultures? Does the desire to travel or work abroad spark your interest? Would you like to work with immigrants and refugees helping them develop their English language skills? TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) can help you achieve all these goals and more. You will come away from the program with a sound foundation in teaching English as a second language, as well as a significant amount of practical experience.

We offer 3 options—certificate and minor (for non-education majors) and licensure (for education majors).

  • A TESOL Certification is intended for those who hope to teach English in addition to their primary career focus. Through this program, you will earn a certificate as evidence that you are equipped with the basic skills needed for teaching English. This certification requires five courses/14 credit hours, including a two-credit practicum.
  • A TESOL minor combines well with many majors. It will allow you to utilize your skills in academic institutions, language school, social agencies, business/technology institutes, church programs, missions opportunities and more. This minor requires seven courses (including one education class) along with your choice of electives. This minor is open to non-education students.
  • A Primary-12 TESOL licensure is available to education majors to be earned in conjunction with an education degree. It allows you to teach outside your main age focus after completion of an additional course. This additional licensure will provide an advantage for your future employer while broadening your employment opportunities.