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Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Certificate


The Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Certificate, for graduate students, prepares candidates to teach English to adults and children in informal settings both in the U.S. and abroad. Candidates will gain knowledge and skills in pedagogy, intercultural competencies, language structure and teaching practice in supervised settings. This Certificate will be issued by the University (not the state of Illinois) upon the successful completion of the following courses below.

Course Requirements (12 credit hours)

  • EDGTE 481: Cross-cultural Studies in a Bilingual Program (3)
  • EDGTE 483: Linguistics for Educators (3)
  • EDGTE 450: Methods of Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language to Adults and Children (3)
  • EDGTE 470: Advanced Methods of Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language to Adults and Children (3)

Requirements in this program are subject to change within the time span of one's University career due to changing requirements at national, state, and local levels.