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2017-2018 Catalog 
2017-2018 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Minor

Department of Elementary Education, Woodring College of Education

27 credits


The TESOL minor is available to undergraduate students in both the TESOL certificate program and the ESOL endorsement program. The TESOL adult focus minor includes 27 credits of TESOL coursework, while the TESOL P-12 focus includes 27 credits of ELL coursework for students in teacher-certification programs. Students completing the TESOL adult focus minor may also earn a certificate in TESOL.

Students earning an ESOL and/or Bilingual Education endorsement may choose to complete either the 27-credit TESOL minor with a focus on P-12 learners or the 33-credit Bilingual Education minor, but not both. To declare the TESOL minor, students must demonstrate study of another culture (gained through experience, or the minimum of 3 credits of approved course work) and the equivalent of one year of college-level foreign language study.

Why Consider a Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Minor?

TESOL adult focus minor: There is a growing demand around the world for trained TESOL professionals.  Successful completion of Western’s TESOL Program provides a minor (for students enrolled in a Bachelor’s degree program at Western), an international certificate, and the skills to thrive in settings that are culturally and linguistically diverse.  The TESOL certificate demonstrates evidence of in-depth training, opening doors to opportunities to teach English internationally and nationally.  Employment may be found at international language schools and community language settings for recent immigrants.

TESOL P-12 focus minor: Students who are English language learners are the fastest growing student population in the public school system. Statewide, approximately 10% of all P-12 students are ELLs, but in some districts that percentage is much, much higher. In order to meet the needs of this diverse population in the regular classroom and as an ESOL specialist, we need teachers at all grade levels and content areas who have the TESOL P-12 focus minor. For many schools, this is a highly recommended qualification. 

 Contact Information

TESOL adult focus minor
Trish Skillman
TESOL Program Director

TESOL P-12 focus minor
Dr. Jennifer Green
ESOL Program Director

 Sample Careers

TESOL adult focus minor: Employment may be found at international language schools and community language settings for recent immigrants. The cross-cultural, cross-linguistic, and presentation skills developed in the program are valued in a variety of careers that involve working with diverse populations.

TESOL P-12 focus minor: Classroom teacher P-12; ESOL specialist

 Major/Career Resources


How to Declare (Admission and Declaration Process):


Grade Requirements

Students must complete the minor with a minimum GPA of 2.7 in minor course work.