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 MEd and Teaching License in Second Language Education program for more details.
A 2.0 GPA is required.
Current University of Minnesota undergraduate students: 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. International students in a full-time academic program at the University of Minnesota are eligible to apply. For questions related to the minor application, contact Veronica Myers.
Students outside University of Minnesota: Apply through the College of Education and Human Development for the certificate only. This certificate program is not intended for international students needing a visa to study in the U.S. For questions related to the non-degree certificate application, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Current graduate students cannot apply to the TESL certificate program.
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).
Contact Kendall King with questions related to academics.
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. International students in a full-time academic program at the University of Minnesota are eligible to apply. For questions related to the minor application or completion progress including APAS exceptions, contact Veronica Myers.
Current students pursuing the certificate in addition to a bachelor’s degree will have the certificate cleared concurrently with the bachelor’s degree. Once cleared, the paper certificate will be mailed to the diploma address listed six to eight weeks later. For students who received their diploma but not their certificate, please contact email@example.com.
For students who completed the certificate and have questions about the paper certificate or a duplicate copy, please contact the Office of the Registrar. CEHD does not manage the process of sending diplomas or certificates to recipients.
I highly recommend this program to anyone who is interested in living and teaching abroad! The faculty are amazing and my experience has been entirely positive. I am now spending a semester as an assistant English teacher in Spain!
TESL minor, 2022