Teaching English as a Second Language

Currently, this program is not accepting applications.

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.
  • Licensure approved by the Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board.
  • 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: Brienda Cediel '20 founded Hands Across the World in 2003 and for 17 years this NGO in St. Cloud has provided English instruction for the whole family from pre-school through adult education. 

Student Organizations

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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