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The TESOL Certificate is an 18-hour undergraduate certificate for students who wish to teach ESL/EFL in adult education settings or abroad.
Bachelor of Arts in English: TESOL Emphasis
Students can opt for a B.A. in English with TESOL as an area of emphasis. The same 18 hours required for the stand-alone certificate are included within the major.
State certification in ESL is available as an 18-hour additional endorsement for licensed teachers or teacher licensure candidates. The endorsement qualifies recipients to teach ESL at the pre-K through 12 levels.
Students pursuing any of the options will take the following courses to build foundational knowledge of the second language acquisition branch of applied linguistics:
- Advanced grammar
- Second language acquisition
- ESL methodology
- ESL assessment
- TESOL practicum
This certificate or endorsement may be obtained independently of any other course of study or in conjunction with an English degree. It is one of the few undergraduate TESOL credentials available in the U.S. (Most TESOL certificate programs in the U.S. exist at the graduate level.)
The certificate option offers an internationally recognized teaching credential that will offer those wishing to teach English abroad a competitive edge over other teacher candidates who do not possess specialized knowledge of second language acquisition. The K-12 ESL endorsement option offers public school teachers a state-approved credential to add to their initial licensure. All three options offer students an opportunity to explore the field of TESOL at the undergraduate level before pursuing further credentials at the graduate level.
- ESL teacher in the private sector
- ESL teacher in higher education developmental studies programs
- ESL/EFL teacher abroad