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Certificate in TESOL and Second Language Acquisition (TESLNAACRT)Department of Second Language Studies

Students on Summer 2021, Fall 2021, or Spring 2022 requirements.


The Certificate in TESOL and Second Language Acquisition provides undergraduate students with a rigorous introduction to research on the ways in which speakers of one language acquire another. It also acquaints students with the ways in which second language teaching can facilitate this process. Course work for the Certificate allows students to explore scientific models of linguistic structure and relate them to their own experiences as language learners. It further provides guidance with practical issues that arise in teaching English to adult speakers of other languages. For this reason, the Certificate is particularly appropriate for students who are considering work abroad as teachers of English to adult learners.

Certificate requirements

The certificate requires at least 24 credit hours, including the requirements listed below.

  1. Core Courses.
    1. Introduction to Second Language Acquisition. One (1) course:
    2. Second Language Acquisition and Language Instruction. One (1) course:
  2. SLST Electives. Three (3) courses:
  3. Additional Electives. Two (2) courses:
    • (approved topic: "Language Hotspots and Biodiversity")
    • SPHS-S 201
    • SPHS-S 333
    • EDUC-L 239 Language and Learning
    • EDUC-L 441 Bilingual Education: Introduction
    • EDUC-M 445 Methods of Teaching Foreign Language
  4. Practicum. One (1) course:
  5. GPA and Hours Requirements.
    1. At least 9 credit hours in the certificate must be completed in courses taken through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.
    2. At least 9 credit hours in the certificate must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    3. Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the certificate.
    4. A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the certificate—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.
    5. Exceptions to certificate requirements may be made with the approval of the department's Director of Undergraduate Studies, subject to final approval by the College of Arts and Sciences.