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TESL Certificate Hub: About the TESL Certificate


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This convenient, one-year certificate will prepare you to teach English to speakers of other languages. After completing this four-course program, students wishing to pursue a graduate degree in TESL/Applied Linguistics (MA) or Applied Linguistics & Technology (PhD) at Iowa State University may apply credits from certificate courses towards these programs. Although the TESL Certificate program does not grant endorsement to teach in the State of Iowa, some TESL Certificate courses can be applied toward a K-12 Endorsement for the State of Iowa*.

Why Choose the Iowa State University TESL Certificate Program?

  • Iowa State University is an accredited institution with MA and PhD programs in Applied Linguistics.
  • Courses combine theoretical and practical knowledge to help you advance in your career in teaching English as a second language.
  • Courses are offered over a one-year period to allow you to progress on a part-time basis.
  • Courses are offered with a combination of synchronous and asynchronous pedagogies to provide a convenient course with opportunities for live interaction with the instructor and other students.
  • Courses include the study of English language as well as how to teach and assess English in face-to-face classrooms and through computer-assisted language learning.

New Students

New students may take up to two classes before seeking admission into the program. This allows students to get started on their graduate certificate as soon as possible. The following are the courses:


    • English/Linguistics 511 XW: Introduction to Linguistic Analysis(Course Preview)
Required Courses:
    • English/Linguistics 518 XW: Teaching English as a Second Language: Methods and Materials (Course Preview)
Additional Courses:
    • English/Linguistics 510 XW: Introduction to Computers in Applied Linguistics (Course Preview)
    • English/Linguistics 519 XW: Second Language Assessment (Course Preview)
    • English/Linguistics 588 XW: Supervised Practicum in Teaching English as a Second Language (Course Preview)

Program Costs

The costs detailed below include tuition and fees and are for the academic year 2010-2011. These costs assume students take all TESL Certificate courses over the academic year 2010-2011. Each TESL Certificate course accrues 3 credits.

Students who can demonstrate that they have taken an introduction to linguistic analysis course equivalent to English/Linguistics 511 do not need to take English/Linguistics 511 and could therefore complete the TESL Certificate coursework with 12 credits.


Tuition & Fees

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For more information contact Dr. David Oakey

Last modified: Thursday, August 16, 2012, 8:21 AM