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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Graduate Certificate

Page address: http://english.mnsu.edu/tesl/teslgradcert.html

The graduate certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language prepares participants for careers in teaching English as a second or foreign language to adult learners in international contexts, government and non-government organizations, and private enterprises. For teaching in higher education settings in the US, this certificate can be added to other Master’s-level degrees to make one eligible to teach non-native English speakers.

Admission Requirements

All applicants should submit the following documents to our Submittable site:

  • Graduate Application (to be completed online).
  • $40 application fee (may be paid online with a credit card).
  • Two official transcripts from the undergraduate degree-granting institution.
  • One-page personal statement describing the applicant’s background and goals.

International students should additionally submit the following documents:

Tuition

Information on Graduate Tuition and Fees is available at the Campus Hub

International Students are eligible for in-state tuition

Certificate Requirements: 24 credits + Language Requirement

Language Requirement: all TESL degree candidates must fulfill a language requirement.

Candidates who are native speakers of English must have a minimum of two consecutive semesters of the same foreign language at the college level (or the equivalent). This foreign language requirement may be met in residence, but courses taken to fulfill it will not count toward the degree.

Candidates whose native language is not English must have a minimum TOEFL score of 550 on the paper-based test or 80 on the Internet based-test to enter the program. Anyone with a score below 575/89 will be asked to take skill-based English-placement tests upon arrival to determine whether additional ESL courses are required.

No Capstone Project is required for the Graduate Certificate

Required Courses (20 credits)

Course # Course Title Credits
ENG 586 Theories of Teaching ESL* 4
ENG 587 Methods of Teaching ESL* 4
ENG 633 Second Language Acquisition 3
ENG 629 Second Language Literacy Development 3
ENG 686 Second Language Assessment 3
ENG 689 Studies in Sociolinguistics and Pragmatics* 3

Elective Courses (4 credits) - Choose one of the following:
Course # Course Title Credits
ENG 582 Teaching English Pronunciation and Discourse* 4
ENG 584 Pedagogical Grammar and Academic English* 4

*Available online

Suggested Course Sequencing for TESL Graduate Certificate

Graduate Certificate - Fall Start

Fall Spring Fall
ENG 586
ENG 629
ENG 587
ENG 633 ENG 686
ENG 582
ENG 689

Graduate Certificate - Spring Start

Spring Fall Spring
ENG 584
ENG 686
ENG 586
ENG 629
ENG 689
ENG 587
ENG 633

Contacts

For more information about the TESL MA program, please contact

Professor Sarah Henderson Lee
TESL Program Director
Department of English
Minnesota State University, Mankato
230 Armstrong Hall
Mankato, MN  56001
E-mail: sarah.henderson-lee@mnsu.edu

For more information about applying for English Graduate Studies, please contact

Professor Geoff Herbach
Director of English Graduate Studies
Department of English
Minnesota State University, Mankato
230 Armstrong Hall
Mankato, MN  56001
Telephone: (507) 389-5504
E-mail: geoffrey.herbach@mnsu.edu