The TESOL Certificate Program

The TESOL Certificate

Linguistics is excited to announce our new TESOL Certificate (anticipated, starting in 2016-7)-- an innovative program designed to help students tap professional opportunities in the dynamic area of English language teaching globally and in the U.S. The Certificate is open not only to Linguistics students, but to students of other majors who want to gain foundational knowledge and skills in English teaching. The Certificate will also be open to interested non-degree students who hold a Bachelor’s degree.

Focused on the teaching of English to young adults and adults, the certificate also incorporates perspectives of language use and language learning from education, communication, culture and society.

Highlights of the 18-credit-hour Certificate:

  • LING-TESOL core of 3 courses (9 credit hours)
  • 3 electives (9 credit hours) outside Linguistics (in subjects related to language learning, language(s), communication, culture and society.

Application and Admission

Application Form

Interested degree students and non-degree students may contact the Academic Program Director directly: Application forms are also available from the Linguistics Department office in Hellems 290 and online.

Applications are accepted year round. We encourage undergraduate students to apply for admission to the program by their junior year. Earning the Certificate involves meeting the course requirements and receiving a grade of C or better in all Certificate courses.

Enrollment is approved on the basis of an unofficial transcript, plan of study, and the information provided on the application form. The Director will also advise students on their course plans and successful Certificate completion.


Curriculum Plan: 18 credit hours

Three Core Courses in TESOL, including Practicum (9 credit hours)

  • LING 3630* (3 credits). Principles & Practices in TESOL
  • LING 4610 (3 credits). English Structure for TESOL
  • LING 4910 (3 credits). TESOL Practicum

     *LING 3630 has been being offered as LING 3800: Open Topics: Introduction to TESOL. Students who have taken LING 3800 will be able to apply this course to the Certificate.

Three Elective Courses from outside Linguistics (9 credit hours)

Choose any three courses below from at least two subject areas. At least one course should not be cross-listed wtih LING. Note : Prerequisites may apply for upper level courses.

Language Learning/Teaching and Literacy

  • SLHS/LING 4560 - Language Development
  • PSYC/LING 4225 - Learning Languages in the World
  • EDUC 2625 - Teaching English as a Second Language
  • EDUC 4060 - Classroom Interactions
  • EDUC 4232 - Language and Literacy Accross the Curriculum

Language, Culture, Society

  • ANTH 2100 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
  • ANTH/LING 4800 - Language and Culture
  • COMM 2400 - Discourse, Culture & Identities
  • COMM 3410 - Intercultural Communication
  • COMM 3420 - Gender and Communication
  • EDUC 4015 - International/Comparative Education
  • FREN 1610 - How to be French 1
  • FREN 1620 - How to be French 2
  • FREN 3700 - French-American Cultural Differences
  • GRMN 1601 - Germany Today
  • GRMN 3520 - Open Topics in the Cultural Context (taught in German)
  • ITAL 1500 - That's Amore: An Introduction to Italian Culture
  • JPNS/LING 4050 - Japanese Sociolinguistics: Japanese Language and Society
  • RUSS 2501 - Russia Today
  • SPAN 3050 - Spanish Phonology and Phonetics
  • SPAN 3200 - Spanish Culture
  • SPAN 3220 - Latin American Culture : Spanish America and Brazil