TESOL Certificate (Adult Education/Collegiate) - Required Courses

Required during first semester

  • EDUC 500 Online Orientation - 0 credits
  • UNIV LIB Information, Research, and Resources - 0 credits


  • ETSL 510 Linguistics (summer) - 3 credits
  • ETSL 525 Language Teaching Approaches and Practices (fall) - 3 credits
  • ETSL 550 Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language to Adults (fall) - 3 credits
  • ETSL 560 First and Second Language Acquisition (spring) - 3 credits
  • ETSL 570 Teaching Reading (spring) - 3 credits


  • *ETSL 505 Serving English Language Learners in K-12 Classrooms (fall) - 3 credits
  • *ETSL 540 Multi-Cultural Education (fall, spring, or summer) - 3 credits
  • *ETSL 590 Roles and Responsibilities of the ESL Specialist (spring) - 3 credits

*Note: Although the certificate can be completed in 15 hours, individuals seeking to teach at the
collegiate level should complete a minimum of 18 hours of TESOL coursework (ETSL).

TESOL Certificate (Adult Education/Collegiate) - Course Descriptions

EDUC 500 Online Orientation (0) Required during the first semester of enrollment in some programs; acclimates students to Blackboard, the platform off which online classes are launched.

ETSL 505 Serving English Language Learners in K-12 Classrooms (3) This course is designed to prepare teachers to provide linguistically and culturally appropriate instruction for English Language Learners (ELLs) in K-12 classrooms.  The course is appropriate for prospective and current ESL teachers and general classroom teachers.  

ETSL 510 Linguistics (3) Provides an introduction to the study and analysis of phonology (sound), morphology (word formation) and syntax (grammar) in human language. Focuses on English, but comparisons will be made to other languages.

ETSL 525 Language Teaching Approaches and Practices (3) An overview of historical and current approaches to language pedagogy, as well as current issues and perspectives pertaining to teaching adult ESL/EFL learners.  Principles of integrated skill instruction and techniques for teaching speaking and listening will also be addressed.  The course serves as an introduction to the field of TESOL for those pursuing the adult learning track.

ETSL 540 Multi-Cultural Education (3) Explores current issues in multicultural education with an emphasis on the impact of socio-cultural factors in education and society. Focuses on issues of diversity and inclusivity to equip learners to succeed in contemporary America and in an increasingly global environment. Examines both theory and practical applications.

ETSL 550 Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language to Adults (3) Designed to equip the learner to teach ESL/EFL learners in college, business, private tutoring and/or adult learning settings. Practical application to teaching situations in overseas and U.S. contexts is emphasized.

ETSL 560 First & Second Language Acquisition (3) Review of research findings regarding child and adult first and second language acquisition with emphasis on the second-language learner and TESOL curriculum development, including identification and analysis of cognitive, affective, socio-cultural, and educational factors.

ETSL 570 Teaching Reading (3) Demonstration and examination of selected techniques and materials for teaching reading to English language learners.

ETSL 590 Roles and Responsibilities of the ESL Specialist (3) This course provides an overview of the roles and responsibilities of ESL Specialists in various settings.  Areas of focus include service delivery options, current trends and issues, and collaboration with colleagues to enhance instruction for English language learners.  Participants will complete a field experience as part of this course.

UNIV LIB Information Research & Resources (0) Teaches basic competencies in the use of computer and related information technology research and resources, including use of the library. Enroll in the course in the first semester. Required for graduation. Pass/No Pass.