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TESL Certificate

TESL Certificate

The TESL Certificate is for undergraduate students who would like to be prepared to work with students who are non-native speakers of English. This 13-hour option is offered completely online.

TESL Certificate program includes 5 courses with a total of 13 hours of course work, and has a 30-hour field experience component built in.

These courses are:

TSL 240           Language and Culture
TSL 250           TESL Assessment and Testing
TSL 340           L2 Acquisition
TSL 440           Applied Linguistics And English Grammar
TSL 460           TESL Methods And Materials for P-12 Teaching  

Study Abroad Opportunities – the Peru Program

The TSL 460 Materials and Methods course is offered each May in an intensive study and work program in Lima, Peru.  Through this study abroad experience, students will be able to put into practice the information gained from their coursework as they work in a three-week English teaching experience.  This “hands-on” experience allows students to fulfill their 30-hour practicum requirement while completing required coursework and learning about a new culture!

Career Possibilities

“I am currently waiting to go on the mission field.  I am going to Brazil to teach ESL at a Christian school called Amazon Valley Academy.  I am going through a mission organization called Network of International Christian Schools. This mission organization only hires people with a bachelor degree and only certified teachers.  Without my ESL certification I wouldn’t have this opportunity!  I hope this encourages those that are in the ESL certification/endorsement program and also sparks interest in other students!”
-Christie Bagley, 2008 C.U. Graduate

For more information about the TESL Certificate program, contact Maryann Matheny at (270) 789-5034 or