Graduate Certificate Requirements

Listed below are the requirements for the TESOL Graduate Certificate.


Total TESOL Credits

21 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.

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 570 - Issues in Bilingualism, 3 credits ((jointly offered with Anthro 570)
  • Linguis 565 - Introduction to Adult/University-Level TESOL
  • Linguis 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 748 - Oral Language, Cognition, and Literacy, 3 credits (jointly offered with Ed Psych 748)
  • Linguis 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

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

Additional Information

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.

GPA Requirements

The College requires that students attain at least a 2.5 GPA on all credits in the certificate attempted at UWM. In addition, students must attain a 2.5 GPA on all certificate credits attempted, including any transfer work.