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.

The TESOL program seeks to develop culturally sensitive, pedagogically competent, linguistically knowledgeable, and caring TESOL professionals. 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—a certificate or a minor for non-education majors and licensure for education majors.

  • A TESOL Certificate is intended for those who hope to teach English in addition to their primary career focus, especially in international settings. Through this program, you will earn a certificate as evidence that you are equipped with the basic skills needed for teaching English. This certificate requires 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 language schools, social agencies, non-profit organizations, business/technology institutes, church programs, mission opportunities and more. This minor requires 24-26 credit hours of coursework along with your choice of several electives. The minor is open to non-education students.
  • ESOL licensure is available to elementary and secondary education majors who want to teach in American public schools. The licensure is earned in addition to the primary licensure and is issued by the state of Indiana. This additional licensure will provide training in how to support the increasing population of English Language Learners in public schools, which will broaden your employment opportunities.