Graduate Academic Certificate in
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

     Even if you're pursuing a major in another department, you will benefit from earning our TESOL certificate (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages).

     Education, foreign language, anthropology, and speech and hearing majors find the certificate particularly helpful as it equips them with a skill set that expands their educational and employment options and further distinguishes them from the competition. Professional and technical communication majors should also consider earning a TESOL certificate (the coursework counts toward the degree's required cognate) as it deepens their understanding of writing and editing and enhances their ability to work with global audiences.
 

Why study TESOL? 

     English is a global language, the largest second language in the world. Because of its dominance as a world language, the profession of Teaching English as a Second Language is not only in high demand but also ripe for expansion.
     A student with TESOL certification has many options professionally: teaching ESL overseas or in the U.S. as a professional, designing curriculum and ESL programs, and working in government agencies. Our TESOL certificate also allows international students to return to their own country and teach ESL.
 

Is it really worth the extra course work?

     Absolutely! In a competitive job market and an economic downturn, you should take every opportunity to expand your knowledge and broaden your skill set. The certificate title will appear on your official university transcript, so you can provide your new employer proof of completion.
 

Course Requirements

     The course requirements for the Graduate Academic Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) through the Linguistics Program in the College of Information are as follows:

Prerequisites:

LING 5040 - Principles of Linguistics
Or
LING 3070 - Introduction to Linguistics
 

Required Courses:

LING 5080 - Teaching English as a Second Language
LING 5090 - Pedagogical English Grammar
LING 5060 - Second Language Acquisition
LING 5340 - Practicum in Teaching English as a Second Language
 

     If you are not a current UNT student, you will need to apply to the Toulouse Graduate School. More information can be found here: http://tsgs.unt.edu/admissions/certificates. If you are a current UNT student, you will need to fill out a concurrent application to pursue the GAC at the same time as your degree. Details about the form can be found at the link listed above, with the form itself available through this link: http://tsgs.unt.edu/downloads/admissions/academic-certificate-concurrent.pdf.

If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact an advisor at ci-advising@unt.edu.