Graduate Certificate Requirements

Listed below are the requirements for the TESOL Graduate Certificate.


Total TESOL Credits

21 credits - Six courses (18 credits) plus teaching internship (3 credits)

Admission Requirements

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.

Graduate degree and previously admitted graduate non-degree students who decide to pursue a certificate program must submit the Panthera application before completing 6 credits in the certificate sequence.

Required Courses (15 Credits)
  • Linguis 410 - Literacy, Grammar, and Methodologies in ESL Education, 3 credits
  • Linguis 420 - Introduction to Second Language Acquisition, 3 credits
  • Linguis 430 - Language and Society, 3 credits
    Linguis/Anthro 570 - Issues in Bilingualism, 3 credits
  • Linguis/English 565 - Introduction to Adult/University-Level TESOL, 3 credits
  • Linguis/MALTT 708 - Proseminar in Linguistics, 3 credits
One of the Following Electives (3 credits)
  • English 404 - Language, Power, and Identity, 3 credits
  • Linguis 415 - First Language Acquisition, 3 credits
  • Linguis 460 - Introduction to Phonology, 3 credits
  • Linguis 464 - Introduction to Syntax, 3 credits
  • Linguis 468 - Language in Its Various Forms: (Subtitled), 3 credits
  • Linguis 470 - Historical/Comparative Linguistics, 3 credits
  • Linguis 560 - Advanced Phonoloogy, 3 credits
  • Linguis 564 - Advanced Syntax, 3 credits
  • Linguis/Ed Psych 748 - Oral Language, Cognition, and Literacy, 3 credits
  • Linguis/English 806 - Seminar in Linguistics: (Subtitled), 3 credits
Required Internship (3 credits)

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.

  • Linguis 569 - Internship in Teaching ESL to Adult Learners, 3 credits

Additional Requirements

Certificate program time limits shall be established as follows:

  • 18 or fewer credits/Three years from initial enrollment in the certificate sequence.
  • 19 or more credits/Four years from initial enrollment in the certificate sequence.
  • For certificates that are designed as add-ons to degree programs and are awarded concurrent with the degree, the time limit shall be the same as that of the degree program.

Additional Information

No more than 6 credits may be taken at an institution other than UWM. These courses are subject to Graduate School transfer policy and must be approved by the director of the certificate program. 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.

GPA Requirements

A minimum cumulative 3.00 grade point average in certificate courses taken at UWM is required.