Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

This 16 credit-hour certificate provides students with the skills and knowledge necessary to teach English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) in both domestic and international contexts. Coursework and hands-on experience will include:

  • Theoretical linguistics
  • Language and culture
  • English as a Second Language teaching methods, language classroom observations
  • Other topics such as humanities, education, anthropology, psychology, philosophy and literature, depending on electives

TESOL certificate curriculum

Required: 10 credit hours

Course Number Course Title Credits
LNG 105 Introduction to Language and Linguistics 3
LNG 205 Language and Culture 3
LNG 220 Methods of Teaching English as a Second Language 3
LNG 299 Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Practicum 1

Education electives

Choose one or two courses from the following:

Course Number Course Title Credits
ECE 101 Introduction to Early Childhood Education 3
EDU 201 Introduction to Education 3
EDU 220 Diversity in Schools and Society 3

Additional electives

Choose one course from the list below. If two courses from the Education electives were chosen, no credits are required from this category.

Course Number Course Title Credits
ANT 101 Introduction to Anthropology 3
ANT 202 Cultural Anthropology 3
ECE 102 Child Development 3
ECE 209 Language Development and Activities for the Young Child 3
EDU 202 Pre-Student Teaching Clinical Experience 3
EDU 211 Educational Psychology 3
EDU 219 Students With Disabilities in School 3
EDU 230 Introduction to Language Arts in Elementary/Middle School 3
EDU 250 Introduction to Technology in Education 3
HST 243 The Far East in the Modern World 3
HUM 105 Great Ideas of World Civilizations 3
HUM 106 The Cultures of Asia 3
HUM 107 The Cultures of Africa 3
HUM 115 International and Regional Studies in Humanities 3
LIT 208 Non-Western Literature 3
LNG 225 Language and Health 3
PHI 160 Non-Western Philosophy 3

Admission requirements

Students must be eligible for college-level credit courses in order to pursue the TESOL certificate. (If needed, remediation for students will be provided by Harper's Academic Support Services and the Writing Center.) Because the certificate is most often complementary to a college degree, those students who have completed a degree or are pursuing an Associate's degree would be most successful.


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