Teaching English as a Second Language
The Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) minor with the undergraduate secondary education sequence leads to a K-12 ESL Licensure in Minnesota. You'll be encouraged to choose Education Abroad programs to give you a global perspective on language and culture. Campus and community organizations and volunteer opportunities will give you a chance to practice what you learn in classes and internships.
- Cross-disciplinary work encouraged through second majors or minor degrees.
- Campus organizations and classwork encourage development of multicultural and international perspective.
- Summer camp for English language learners provides opportunities for practical experience in teaching and leadership.
- Use of skills learned in English coursework is encouraged in internships and volunteer opportunities.
- TESL and Linguistics programs highly rated in external reviews and accrediting agencies.
- Accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)/Council for the Accreditation of Education Preparation (CAEP).
- Licensure approved by the Minnesota Board of Teaching
- Intensive English Center established in 1997
- The Write Place provides individualized help in writing while respecting a writer's authority and ownership of their work.
- Notable alumna: Valeria Silva '90 is superintendent of the 39,000-student St. Paul Schools district. Much of Silva's earlier work was done in immersion schools and English language learning programs.
University Facts & Stats
- 93% of English graduates employed
- 39 Education Abroad programs offered
- 1 of 56 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award winners
- 90+ nations represented on campus
- $4.8 million HD TV broadcasting renovation
- Top 1% of the most affordable universities in Forbes' "America's Top Colleges" ranking
- Adult Education Teacher
- Community and Technical College Teacher
- Intensive English Teacher
- Elementary/Secondary Teacher
- English Teacher in International Schools, English Institutes