Undergraduate Certificate Requirements

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  • Complete a 21-credit program of prescribed upper-division courses, including a practicum (covered during your course work).
  • Maintain a cumulative minimum GPA of 3.0 in all TESOL courses.
  • Satisfactorily complete at least four college-level terms (or the equivalent, such as 4 years in high school) of a modern foreign language, including its spoken form.
  • Demonstrate English proficiency of spoken and written English commensurate with the role of language model. Nonnative English speakers must have a score of at least: 
    • 50 on the SPEAK test or
    • 26 on the iBt speaking section, with an overall score of 100 on the iBt or
    • 600 on the paper version of TOEFL or
    • 7 on IELTS.

This certificate records a course of study at UW-Madison; it is not necessarily equivalent to professional certification by other bodies, such as the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. 


Foundation Courses 

  • English 314 3 cr. Structure of English (offered fall, spring, summer)
  • English 315 3 cr. English Phonology (fall)
  • English 415 3 cr. Introduction to TESOL Methods - must precede English 515 and 613-618 (fall, spring)
Second Language Acquisition and Teaching Courses
  • English 318 3 cr. Second Language Acquisition (usually offered fall semester, except for the '17-'18 academic year it will be offered Spring Semester only)
  • English 515 3 cr. Techniques and Materials for TESOL (fall, spring)

Students must take 3 credits of TESOL Workshops during the same semester.  Each spring, 3 of the 6 one credit workshops are offered in alternate years:

  • English 613 1 cr. TESOL Workshop: Pedagogical Grammar I (spring)
  • English 614 1 cr. TESOL Workshop: Pedagogical Grammar II (spring)
  • English 615 1 cr. TESOL Workshop: The Teaching of Listening and Speaking (spring)
  • English 616 1 cr. TESOL Workshop: The Teaching of Reading (spring)
  • English 617 1 cr. TESOL Workshop: The Teaching of Writing (spring)
  • English 618 1 cr. TESOL Workshop: The Teaching of Pronunciation (spring)

Social Perspectives on English Courses (Choose one of the following four courses)

  • English 316 3 cr. English Language Variation in the U.S. (fall)
  • English 414 3 cr. Global Spread of English - not currently offered
  • English 416 3 cr. English in Society (spring)
  • English 419 3 cr. Gender and Language - not currently offered