Teaching English as a Second Language

Teaching English as a Second Language

Think Do Mak a Difference St. Cloud State University St. Cloud State University

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.

Program Highlights

  • 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.

Program Distinctions

  • 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.

Student Organizations

Continuing Education

Major Minor Online Courses

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

Popular Careers

  • Adult Education Teacher
  • Community and Technical College Teacher
  • Intensive English Teacher
  • Elementary/Secondary Teacher
  • English Teacher in International Schools, English Institutes

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