TESOL Licensure Minor

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 (non-licensure), and

  3. a TESOL certificate (non-licensure).


World Languages Requirement:

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

English Language Requirement:

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

TESOL Licensure Minor

This TESOL licensure minor prepares pre-service teachers to work with English language learners – students whose first language is not English. Candidates interested in the TESOL licensure minor must enroll in the School of Education and seek a regular Wisconsin teaching license. Successful completion of the minor leads to a Wisconsin add-on license in English as a Second Language (ESL 395/1395 – K-12th grade).

Course Title Credits
Required Courses
ENGLISH 2210Introduction to Linguistics3
ENGLISH 3250Sociolinguistics3
ENGLISH 3260Language and Culture3
ENGLISH 3610Second Language Acquisition3
TEACHING 3070Meeting Content & Language Needs of English Language Learners3
TEACHING 4670Methods of Teaching English as a Second Language3
TEACHING 4750Practicum in Teaching English as a Second Language3
Total Credits21

Additional Licensure Requirements

  1. Pass the Praxis II English to Speakers of Other Languages Test (Test Code 5361) or have a minor GPA of 3.00 or greater.
  2. Satisfy the requirements outlined in the teacher licensure section under School of Education in this catalog.