CU Linguistics is pleased to announce our new TESOL Certificate Program, launched in January 2017. The undergraduate TESOL certificate provides CU Boulder students with foundational knowledge and skills for English teaching while also incorporating the broader perspectives of culture, language use and language learning. Housed in the linguistics department, the 18-credit certificate is open to all interested students, and may be of particular relevance to students from social science, humanities, speech/language, foreign language, international affairs and communication programs or backgrounds. Recent graduates and others who hold a bachelor’s degree may enroll as Access students through Continuing Education.
The widespread role of English as an international lingua franca opens up many opportunities for trained English teachers globally. Increasingly, EFL (English as a foreign language) providers want to hire individuals with relevant training—not just those who are native or near-native speakers. In conjunction with their bachelor’s degrees, students completing the certificate will have the credentials to be able to tap into professional opportunities in the dynamic world of English language teaching–globally and domestically.
The program is focused on the teaching of English to young adults and adults; students with an interest in teaching younger children can apply relevant elective courses from education. Electives also include courses in anthropology, communication, foreign languages, and speech/language. A one-semester practicum experience involves teaching or tutoring with a community ESL provider.
Highlights of the 18-credit-hour Certificate:
Application and Admission
Interested degree students and non-degree students may contact the Academic Program Director directly: email@example.com. 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. The Linguistics undergraduate academic advisor Allison Sedey (firstname.lastname@example.org) can also assist students regarding certificate requirements and how certificate courses can fit into a student’s degree plan.
Curriculum Plan: 18 credit hours
Three Core Linguistics Courses with the TESOL focus, including Practicum (9 credit hours)
Three Elective Courses (9 credit hours)
Choose any three courses below from at least two subject areas. At least one course should not be cross-listed with LING.
Language Learning/Teaching and Literacy
Language, Culture, Society