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UWM Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2015

College of Letters & Science

Adult/University-Level TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)

Sandra Pucci, Associate Professor, Linguistics, CRT 537, (414) 229-6166, pucci@uwm.edu

The Adult/University-Level TESOL Undergraduate Certificate Program is designed to meet the needs of students who wish to teach English as a Second Language (ESL) to adults or university-level students abroad. The program is open to undergraduates with at least junior standing, to post-baccalaureate special students, and to those who do not plan to pursue a college or university degree (non-degre students) but who have a strong interest in this subject. Non-degree students must meet regular university admission requirements. Graduate students or post-baccalaureate non-degree students should pursue instead the "Adult/University-Level TESOL Graduate Certificate Program." Training in the graduate certificate program is more rigorous, and some credits earned can be transferred to the Linguistics Department MA program.


Students who wish to apply to the program should submit the following materials to the TESOL Certificate Program coordinator in the Department of Linguistics:

a. Adult/University-Level TESOL Undergraduate Certificate Program application form (available from the TESOL Certificate Program Coordinator);

b. Transcripts of all college-level academic work, with evidence of a GPA of 2.5 or better;

c. A statement of purpose; and

d. 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 also should submit scores of least 550 on the TOEFL exam and 45 on the TSE.

Credits and Courses

Students are required to complete the six courses (18 credits) plus teaching internship (3 credits) outlined below. All credits must be completed with a GPA of 3.0 or better.


Introduction to Linguistics


Literacy, Grammar, and Methodologies in ESL Education


Introduction to Second Language Acquisition

ENGLISH 565/ LINGUIS 565 (426)

Introduction to Adult/University-Level TESOL

One of the following two courses:


Language and Society


Issues in Bilingualism

One elective selected from the following:


Language, Power, and Identity


First Language Acquisition


Sounds and Sound Systems


Word and Sentence Structure


Language in Its Various Forms: (subtitle)


Historical/Comparative Linguistics


Advanced Phonology


Advanced Syntax

The following internship course:


Internship in Teaching ESL to Adult Learners

The teaching internship is completed at one of the internship institutions affiliated with the certificate program. The site of the internship may be chosen by the student, but it must be approved 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.

Undergraduate students concurrently completing a bachelor’s degree receive the certificate upon completion of their degree requirements; post-baccalaureate special students and non-degree students receive the certificate upon completion of the required coursework and internship.

Students who previously have taken any of the required courses while enrolled as non-degree undergraduate students or students in other undergraduate programs at UWM may transfer the credits earned into the certificate program, so long as the courses have been taken within the last five years. Students who have taken comparable undergraduate-level courses at other institutions may be allowed to transfer in up to 6 credits of coursework, upon approval of the certificate program coordinator.

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

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