The TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) certificate prepares students to teach English to non-native English speakers in the United States or abroad. Students may complete this certificate alone or in conjunction with other degrees—it might be of particular use to those also majoring in linguistics or international studies, for example. The curriculum consists of courses in linguistics, foreign language, grammar, methodology, and cross-cultural communication. The culminating experience of the program is a practicum in the field, allowing you to gain experience teaching English to non-native speakers in a classroom environment. Through this combination of coursework and hands-on experience, you will learn the teaching skills and cultural understanding necessary to be an effective TESOL educator.
Academic and Career Opportunities
Students interested in getting involved in their department can join the Linguistics Club for Undergrads (LCU). Upon completion of the certificate, you can pair your TESOL teaching skills with those from your major program and teach ESL (English as a Second Language) professionally (note that students must obtain a teaching license to work as a teacher in most U.S. states). Volunteer work in nonprofit and literacy programs locally and abroad is also possible.