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Adult/University-Level TESOL Graduate Certificate Program

The Adult/University-Level TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) Graduate Certificate Program is designed to meet the needs of graduate non-degree students or graduate students concurrently enrolled in a UWM master's or Ph.D. program who wish to teach English as a Second Language (ESL) to adults or university-level students abroad. Requirements for this program are very similar to those for the "Adult/University-Level TESOL Certificate Program," which accepts undergraduate students and post-baccalaureate special students, but training in the graduate certificate program is more rigorous, and up to 9 of the 21 credits earned can be applied (concurrently or subsequently) to the M.A. program in Linguistics.


Students who wish to apply to the program should submit the following materials to the TESOL Certificate Program Coordinator in the Department of Linguistics:

  • Adult/University-Level TESOL Graduate Certificate Program application form (available from the Linguistics Department office).
  • Transcripts of all college-level academic work, with evidence of a GPA of 2.75 or better.
  • A statement of purpose.
  • Two letters of recommendation from persons knowledgeable about the applicant's recent academic and/or work experience.
  • Applicants who are not native speakers of English should also submit TOEFL scores of at least 550 (paper-based test) or 79 (internet-based test), or at least 6.5 on the IELTS exam, and 45 on the TSE, or an equivalent means of demonstrating proficiency.
Credits and Courses

Students are required to complete the six courses (18 credits) plus teaching internship (3 credits) outlined below.

Linguis/MALLT 708 Proseminar in Linguistics
Linguis 410 Literacy, Grammar, and Methodologies in ESL Education
Linguis 420 Introduction to Second Language Acquisition
Linguis/English 565 Introduction to Adult/University-Level TESOL
Linguis 430 Language and Society or Linguis/Anthro 570 Issues in Bilingualism
One elective selected from the following:
English 404 Language, Power, and Identity
Linguis 415 First Language Acquisition
Linguis 460 Introduction to Phonology
Linguis 464 Introduction to Syntax
Linguis 468 Language in its Various Forms: (Subtitle)
Linguis 470 Historical/Comparative Linguistics
Linguis 560 Advanced Phonology
Linguis 564 Advanced Syntax
Linguis/Ed Psych 748 Oral Language, Cognition, and Literacy
Linguis/English 806 Seminar in Linguistics: (Subtitle)
Linguis/English 569 Internship in Teaching ESL to Adult Learners

Students who have taken comparable courses at other institutions may be allowed to transfer in up to 6 credits of course work, upon approval by the certificate program coordinator. Students who have completed any of the required courses for undergraduate credit must substitute other courses at the graduate level, selected in consultation with the certificate program coordinator to fulfill the credit requirements.

The teaching internship is completed at one of the internship institutions affiliated with the Certificate Program. The site of the internship will be determined by the Certificate Program staff. The student is expected to complete between 40 and 60 hours of supervised teaching over a period of four to eight weeks.

Students receive the certificate upon completion of all the required course work and the teaching internship with a GPA of 3.0 or better.

There is a time limit of three years from initial enrollment for completion of the certificate.

Page last updated on: 09/24/2015