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  • Graduate Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL)
  • Graduate Studies

  • Fall 2011 Graduate Catalog
    Graduate Level - Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) (20 Credits)
    Department: Languages and Cultures

    Program Description

    This certificate is designed to provide training in the knowledge and skills necessary to teach English as a second or foreign language. It is applicable to licensure in teaching ESL in Minnesota for those who have also completed a teacher preparation program. Completion of the certificate requires 20 credits, which includes 2 credits of an internship in TESL. Licensure may require additional credits depending on student background and state in which licensure is sought.

    Admission Requirements
    1. Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution.
    2. Completed Application for Admission to Graduate Study form indicating Graduate Special under "Program Admission Requested".
    3. Completed TESL Certificate Application form.
    4. Undergraduate and other transcripts sent directly from the institution to the Graduate Studies Office.
    5. Non-refundable $20.00 fee for first-time applicants to Minnesota State University Moorhead.
    6. GPA requirement for entrance is 2.75 on a 4.0 scale

    Requirements (20 Credits)

    ED 694V Internship (1-10)
    LANG 557 Second Language Acquisition & Language Teaching (3.00)
    TESL 551 English Structures (3.00)
    TESL 625 Social, Cultural, and Political Contexts of Language and Literacy (3.00)
    TESL 654 Pedagogical Grammar (3.00)
    TESL 670 Designing ESL Courses (3.00)
    TESL 675 Assessment in TESL (3.00)

    Licensure Requirements (optional)
    • ED 694V Internship (1-10) (additional internship credits may be necessary depending upon state where licensure is sought).
    • Foreign Language Study (1 year college level study or equivalent required for Minnesota License)
    • Check with individual state boards for other requirements related to licesure in other states.



    TESL 690 Topics (1-4)


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