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Teachers of English to
Speakers of Other Languages

Teaching English overseas is an excellent option for college graduates—providing students the opportunity to travel, live in another culture and build job experience. Many schools abroad are looking for candidates with a Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) certificate to teach English.

Participants in the certificate program will study second language acquisition, learn and practice methods of teaching English as an additional language and engage in teaching experiences with non-native English speakers in local and international settings. Courses are offered in both face-to-face and online formats.

All participants will have a field experience in Wisconsin, as well as an international practicum experience.

Ideal for:

  • College graduates from any major who are interested in working abroad.
  • International students with an interest in teaching English in their home country or elsewhere overseas.

Contact Us

Teaching and Learning
Don Hones
(920) 424-7209

Program and Courses

A sequence of three courses (9 credits) at the graduate level or four courses (12 credits) at the undergraduate level are needed to complete the TESOL certificate. Courses required for all students are:

Department Course # Course Name
English 383 | 583 Introduction to Linguistics
Elem/Sec 346 | 546 Methods of ESL
Elem/Sec 414 | 797 TESOL Practicum (undergraduate)
International Practicum (graduate)
In addition, students will choose from one of the following electives:
ED 202 Culture and Community Change in Costa Rica
ED 353 Hmong Language, Culture and Learning
ED 377 Latina/o Language, Culture and Learning
Other approved Elective