Director, Alan Seaman

For students who have already earned an elementary, middle, or secondary teaching certificate, the Certificate in TESOL meets all of the requirements for an ESL, bilingual, and ENL endorsements in the state of Illinois and most other states. The TESOL Certificate may also be earned along with one of the other M.A. degrees offered at Wheaton College (such as the M.A.T.) to provide a solid foundation for using English teaching.

HEOA Disclosures: During the last 5 years, the TESOL Certificate has had a 75% completion rate with no graduating students having reportable debt upon graduation. Graduates typically work as TESOL instructors and aides in public education, relief agencies, and/or private enterprise (SOC job code 25-3090). Several graduates work overseas for missions organizations.

In order to receive the Certificate in TESOL, students must complete 24 credit hours of specialized courses. Required courses are:

Required Courses
LING 563Cross Cultural Teaching and Learning2
LING 611Theoretical Foundations of TESOL Methodology4
LING 612Descriptive English Grammar for TESOL (or LING 606 and LING 607)4
LING 613TESOL Classroom Dynamics Practicum2
LING 614Curriculum and Materials Development for TESOL2
LING 615Teaching Reading and Composition to ESL/EFL Learners2
LING 616English Phonology for ESL/EFL Teachers2
LING 617Principles of ESL/EFL Assessment2
Select one of the following:2
English Language Learning Content Methods and Materials (if K-12)
Independent Study (if non-K-12) or approved elective)
Select one of the following:2
Teaching Speaking and Listening to ESL/EFL Learners
English Language Learning Methods for Specialists (if K-12 ESL)
Bilingual Methods and Materials (if K-12 bilingual)
Total Credits24

Each student's program is worked out individually in consultation with an advisor.