Jan 27, 2020  
UofM 2019-2020 Graduate Catalog 
UofM 2019-2020 Graduate Catalog

Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language Graduate Certificate

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Certificate Program (TESL/TEFL)

The TESL/TEFL Graduate Certificate provides training to those interested in teaching English as a Second/ Foreign Language. The certificate is given for to those who complete the practical preparation needed to teach English both within and outside the United States to post-secondary students and adults. The specific courses for the certificate include the specific knowledge and skills specified for ESL teachers and identified by TESOL, Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc. Students have the option of completing the program on-line. Click here to view corresponding gainful employment data.

Note: The Certificate in Teaching of English as a Second/Foreign Language is not a program to prepare K-12 ESL teachers. Pre-service and in-service teachers seeking an ESL certificate and an add-on endorsement in ESL for K-12 should contact the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences for details.

Admission Requirements

Applicants should hold a BA degree in any field with a GPA of at least 2.75.

International students must have a TOEFL score of 80, or an overall Band IELTS score of 6.5.

Applicants must submit a one-page personal statement and two letters of recommendation to the English Department.

Since 15 credit hours in the certificate program may also count toward the MA degree, it is expected that many fully-admitted students will earn the certificate on their way to the MA degree. Certificate students wishing to earn the MA must make formal application for the master’s program following all guidelines specified by the English Department and the University.

Program Requirements

Fifteen (15) semester credit hours

The certificate program requires completion of fifteen (15) semester credit hours including:

Twelve (12) credit hours

Twelve (12) credit hours must be met by satisfactory completion of the following core courses:


Those also seeking ESL add-on endorsement must complete ENGL 7533 and ENGL 7538. Praxis II for ESL is also required for the add-on endorsement.

Retention Requirements

Same as retention policies applicable to Department of English graduate degree programs.

Graduation Requirements

Relatively early in the semester in which they intend to graduate, certificate candidates must file an Apply to Graduate Card with the Graduate School and a Candidacy form with the Graduate Coordinator for English.

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