Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) (M.A., Licensure)

Graduate Certificate

The graduate certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages offers you courses to prepare you to be an entry-level teacher in a classroom English as a second language to students in the United States or teaching English as a foreign language in a non-college position internationally. 

You'll learn how to adapt existing materials to meet the needs of students who are second language users of English, and to prepare instruction with the focus of developing communication skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing across the curriculum. 

The program is 9 credits. It does not include the credits required to test for K-12 licensure. 

Admission requirements: 

  • Completion of an undergraduate degree program at an accredited college or university. 
  • Interview with the program director.
  • 3.0 undergraduate GPA overall, last two years or in major.

The program is available on campus and online. 

Gainful Employment

Certain undergraduate and graduate certificates at St. Cloud State University prepare students for employment in specific fields and do not result in a degree. Federal law requires publication of data associated with those programs of study, including approximate program costs, program length, and employment statistics. The Minnesota State Chancellor's office has provided this report containing the aforementioned information for all required programs.

Applicants to this program must complete and attach the Gainful Employment Acknowledgement form as a part of their application for admission.

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