Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages - TESOL

Serve Globally or Locally Through Teaching English

Taylor University’s Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) program is an additional qualification available to all majors. Through the TESOL curriculum, you will learn to teach English to non-native speakers—people from different cultures, ages, educational backgrounds, and proficiency levels.

The TESOL program seeks to develop culturally sensitive, competent, knowledgeable, and caring TESOL professionals. This qualification will help you teach more confidently overseas or in diverse communities, broaden your teaching perspective, and increase your marketability in any workplace.

TESOL Programs for All Majors

The TESOL courses focus on developing your understanding of second language acquisition, how English as a new language is taught and learned, and cultural awareness. You will learn how people acquire new languages, teaching methodology, and English grammar.

Students in any major can add one of these programs:

  • TESOL Certificate (4 courses)
  • TESOL Minor (2 additional courses)

Students in any education major can also add the TESOL licensure to their teaching credentials by adding one course to the TESOL Certificate. The TESOL licensure is a K-12 endorsement.

More About TESOL Options

All TESOL courses are offered hybrid: partially in-class and partially online. This allows for scheduling to accommodate students from many different majors.


TESOL Certificate

The TESOL Certificate is accepted in many places around the world as a sufficient qualification for teaching English. You will take these four courses:

  • Introduction to TESOL & Second Language Acquisition (3 credit hours)
  • Pedagogical Grammar & Applied Linguistics in TESOL (3 credit hours)
  • Methods & Assessment in TESOL (3 credit hours)
  • Practicum & Seminar in TESOL (3 credit hours)


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 is open to all non-Education students. To earn the TESOL minor, you will add to the TESOL Certificate courses two of the following:

  • Teaching English Internationally (3 credit hours)
  • Issues in Second Language Acquisition (3 credit hours)
  • Teaching ELL in P12 Classroom (3 credit hours)

This additional coursework can prepare you well for specific TESOL contexts.

TESOL Licensure

Available to Elementary Education 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. You will add to the TESOL Certificate courses the following:

  • Teaching ELL in P-12 Classroom (3 credit hours)

This additional course will prepare you well for teaching English learners in the K-12 setting, and will provide you with the additional knowledge needed to gain Indiana K-12 TESOL Licensure.

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages - TESOL Curriculum & Degree Options

Students interested in course descriptions and academic policies can check out our Undergraduate Catalog here.

Foundational Core

The Foundational Core is the key to Taylor’s total education. These classes will give you a big-picture view of how your calling connects with God's purpose for your life, engaging with ideas that will demonstrate how God has given you certain talents and skills to bring healing to the world. Each student who completes the Foundational Core emerges as a well-versed individual, equipped with critical thinking skills, a lifelong love of learning, and an appreciation for God's creation.

View Foundational Core Curriculum.

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