TESOL Certificate

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

This TESOL program provides students with the professional knowledge and skills necessary to teach English to speakers of other languages in the United States or abroad. The program offers three tracks to accommodate students with differing educational needs:

  1. a TESOL licensure minor;

  2. a TESOL minor, and

  3. a TESOL certificate.


Foreign Language Requirement:

Completion of a minimum of a one-semester college-level foreign language course or its equivalent.

English Language Requirement:

A grade of “C” or higher in ENGLISH 1230.

TESOL Certificate

The TESOL certificate prepares students to teach English abroad or in adult ESL programs in the U.S. The certificate is open to all students regardless of their major. Note:  Certificate programs do not qualify for financial aid.  It would be particularly useful for those who wish to experience other cultures or work for international companies and organizations.

Course Title Credits
Required Courses
ENGLISH 2210Introduction to Linguistics3
ENGLISH 3260Language and Culture3
ENGLISH 3610Second Language Acquisition3
ENGLISH 4670Methods of Teaching English as a Second Language3
ENGLISH 4740Practicum in Teaching English as a Second Language3
Elective Course
Select one course from one area below:3
Grammar in Context
History of the English Language
Upper-division literature or civilization course in any foreign language
Ethnic Studies:
Chicano Literature
African-American Literature
Asian American Literature
American Literature of Ethnicity and Immigration
Wisconsin Indian Literature
Race, Gender, and United States Labor History
Ethnic and Gender Equity in Education
Ethnic Rights and Politics
International Education:
The World Novel
Contemporary Global Literature and Empire
International Relations
Politics of the Global Economy
Total Credits18