The Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Graduate Certificate Program is designed to meet the needs of UWM graduate students who wish to teach English as a Second Language (ESL) to non-English speaking adults. Requirements for this program are very similar to those for the undergraduate TESOL certificate, but training in the graduate program is more rigorous and credits can be applied (concurrently or subsequently) to the Master's degree program in Linguistics.
TESOL is an internationally-recognized acronym that denotes the holder of the certificate has received specialized training in the methodologies of teaching English, second language acquisition, bilingualism, and multicultural awareness.
The use of English as a common language of communication has risen dramatically in the last few decades, and the demand for TESOL trained instructors is high in certain parts of the world. Asia, Central America, and South America are three particular hot spots where people have a strong desire learn English or improve their English language skills.
Students who love to travel often make a career out of traveling the globe, picking up jobs in various nations. Others stay closer to home and find similar positions in the U.S. teaching English to immigrants, visitors, foreign students, or others who have not learned English as their first language. TESOL is a dynamic profession that combines innovation and creativity with interactions in culturally-diverse communities.