Undergraduate Minor or Certificate in ESL/TESL
Prepare to teach English in community ESL programs, during study abroad, or after you graduate with programs like JET (Japan Exchange and Teaching), the Peace Corps, or the Fulbright English Teaching Assistants program.
This program does not lead to state teaching certification or licensure. ESL teaching licensure is offered only at the graduate level. See the Second Language Education program page for licensure program options.
This program will begin to prepare you to become an effective ESL teacher and can prepare you for further study in second language acquisition at the graduate level. You will learn the structure of English language and best practices for teaching and learning a language in both formal and informal settings.
We generally recommend that students take the courses in the following order: CI 3610, 3611W, 3612, 3613, one per semester. It is, however, possible to take courses concurrently with one exception: the required linguistics course (CI 3610, LING 3001, or LING 5001) should be completed prior to enrolling in CI 3612 Introduction to Pronunciation and Grammar for ESL Teachers).
Undergraduate Minor vs. Graduate Certificate
The ESL Minor and TESL Certificate have the same requirements.
If you are a UMN undergraduate student, both the minor and the certificate will appear on your transcript and you will be able to obtain a paper copy of the certificate when you graduate.
- August 1 for Fall
- December 15 for Spring
- April 15 for Summer
A 2.0 GPA is required.
International students already pursuing a full-time academic program at the University of Minnesota are eligible to apply. This certificate program is not intended for international students needing a visa to study in the U.S.
For detailed admission information and tuition information on the ESL minor/TESL certificate, visit the admissions page.
For more information, contact the adviser, Kendall King.
"The TESL minor program goes hand-in-hand with my Spanish studies major and gives me the option to teach abroad, which is one of my goals after graduation."
Whitley Lubeck, Elementary Education and Spanish Studies major, '18