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

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

    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.

    Certificate Requirements (20 credits)

    ED 669 or TESL 669 Internship (2)
    LANG 557 Second Language Acquisition & Language Teaching (3)
    TESL 551 English Structures (3)
    TESL 625 Social, Cultural, and Political Contexts of Language and Literacy (3)
    TESL 654 Pedagogical Grammar (3)
    TESL 670 Designing ESL Courses (3)
    TESL 675 Assessment in TESL (3)


    Licensure Requirements (optional)


    • ED 669 (1-10) Internship credits beyond the required 2 credits may be taken by those who have researched into certain states and know they need more credits of practical experience than the 2 credit minimum entails. 
    • 6 credits of electives are required for licensure in Minnesota.
    • Foreign language study. 1 year college level study or equivalent required for licensure in Minnesota.


    Check with individual state boards for other requirements related to licensure in other states.

    Teaching English as a Second Language Gainful Employment Disclosure Report

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