Admission Requirements

  • Comply with the regular admission requirements of the College of Graduate Studies and Research, which includes an undergraduate grade point average of 3.0, and
  • have either:
    a) completed foreign language at the 200 (sophomore) level for that degree, or
    b) can demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language at the 200 level.

Regular Admission: We seek students who are already proficient in the English language. They may be simultaneously enrolled in any graduate program at NMU.

Conditional Admission: Applicants who do not meet regular admission criteria may apply for conditional admission, in which case they must complete specific courses prior to conversion to regular admission status. These courses, such as courses to improve proficiency in English or another modern language, do not count toward the minimum 20 credits of course work required for the certificate.

All Applicants must submit:

  1. Graduate admission application.  
  2. Official transcripts from all previously attended post-secondary institutions.

Application Due Dates

Rolling admissions.

Graduate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Curriculum

For department information or additional degree requirements, go to the English department page.

Total Credits Required 20
Core Courses 16
EN 515 English Grammar and Usage 4
EN 516 Second Language Acquisition 4
EN 517 TESOL Methods and Materials 4
EN 591 MA Practicum (1 - 6 cr.) 4
Electives 4
Choose one from the following:  
   EN 507 Teaching of College-Level Online Writing Courses (4 cr.)  
   EN 510 Writing and Literacy Studies: Theory and Practice (4 cr.)  
   EN 511 Teaching of College-Level Reading and Writing (4 cr.)  
   EN 514 Seminar in the English Language (4 cr.)  
   EN 595 Special Topics (1 - 4 cr.)  
    when on an adviser-approved TESL/TEFL topic  

Courses taken toward the TESOL certificate can also fulfill requirements of appropriate majors or graduate tracks.