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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

TESL Licensure Minor

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This program is designed to certify a student to teach English as a Second Language in grades K-12.

While ESL is a stand-alone licensure program and does not need to be taken with another teaching field, the coursework K-12 licensure through the College of Education must be completed in addition to the ESL coursework in order to receive a license.

The ESL program is not a major; this means that you must take a major in another field (either teaching or non-teaching) for your bachelor's degree.




In addition to satisfactorily completing the 28 credits of TESL coursework, students who wish to be recommended for licensure to teach English as a second Language in grades kindergarten to 12 shall::

  • Complete a baccalaureate degree with an education major.
  • Satisfactorily complete a minimum of one year of college level or two years of high school level foreign language, or equivalent experience in learning another language and interacting with another culture
  • Satisfactorily complete a professional education preparation program approved by the Board of Teaching – including student teaching. Please consult with the Advising Office in the College of Education for the admittance to the program and additional information about K-12 licensure.
  • Pass the Minnesota Teacher Licensure Examinations for TESL.

These credits are distributed as follows:


  • ENG 482 (4 credits) Teaching English Pronunciation and Discourse
  • ENG 486 (4 credits) Theories of Teaching ESL
  • ENG 485 (4 credits) Language and Culture in TESL


  • ENG 484 (4 credits) Pedagogical Grammar and Academic English
  • ENG 489 (4 credits) Policies and Programs in TESL
  • ENG 487 (4 credits) Methods of Teaching ESL

Fall and Spring

  • ENG 381 (4 credits) Introduction to English Linguistics


  • Check with licensure advisor (Dr. Paolo Infante - about summer course availability as it changes yearly.

* Please note that the online versions of ENG 482, 484, 486, and 487 are reserved for additional licensure students who are already teaching full time. Undergrad students should register for face-to-face sections which are designed with the pre-service teacher in mind. 

Combining ESL Licensure with another License at the Undergraduate Level

You may have interest in ESL and may have wondered if you can combine it with your current licensure field. Such a combination is not only possible, but very desirable. Options for scheduling the coursework are flexible, as indicated under the section on Teaching ESL on the Undergraduate Level. Meet with to discuss your specific schedule.

Teachers with double licensure are well positioned to serve Minnesota's diverse population in a variety of classroom arrangements or as curriculum specialists.

Popular licensure combinations in the past have included Spanish + ESL and Elementary Education + ESL. In addition, other combinations such as Math + ESL and Social Studies + ESL are becoming increasingly necessary to meet the needs of Minnesota's diverse student population.

Financial Aid

Federal Teach Grant

TESL licensure minors may have the opportunity to apply for the Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program, a program that provides financial support up to $4,000.00 per year to eligible applicants. Please carefully read all information related to the TEACH Grant Program at, and if you meet the set of requirements and are interested in learning more about the program, contact Dr. Paolo Infante at: