Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL): Certificate in Course

The English department offers students the opportunity to obtain a “certificate in course” in teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL). Completion of these requirements does not certify a graduate to teach in Nebraska public schools. Instead, it is an academic credential meant for teachers who are already certified in other areas, for people who plan to teach in venues other than public schools, and for anyone who works in some capacity with nonnative speakers of English. Students who wish to receive the certificate must complete the following requirements:

  1. Completion of the following five courses (undergraduates must achieve a minimum grade of “C” in three and a minimum grade of “B” in one; graduate students must achieve grades in accordance with Graduate College policies): ENGL 4610/8616; ENGL 4650/8656; ENGL 4690/8696; TED 4000/8006; ENGL 4670/8676 or ENGL 4710/8716 (also offered as SPCH 4530/8536).
  2. Completion of a bachelor’s degree in one of the following areas: a major or minor in teaching field in English or a foreign language (College of Education — Secondary); an academic concentration in English or a foreign language (College of Education — Elementary); or a major in English or a foreign language (College of Arts and Sciences). Students can also fulfill this requirement with a completion of an M.A. in English or foreign language.
  3. Students from other disciplines wanting to enroll in the TESOL certification program must obtain permission from the TESOL certificate faculty.
  4. All students whose language of nurture is not English must demonstrate oral and written mastery of English as certified by the Department of English.

The Linguistics Faculty strongly recommends that all TESOL certificate students achieve oral and written proficiency in a second language.