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TESOL Programs

The College of Education and Human Services offers a variety of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Language (TESOL) programs including a TESOL Minor, a Graduate TESOL Certificate and a Master of Education (Major: Elementary Education, with a TESOL Concentration). 

Undergraduate TESOL Minor Program 

Program description

The academic minor in teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) provides opportunities for undergraduate students to complete a sequence of courses that academically trains them for careers to teach English domestically and abroad. In these contexts, candidates will benefit from learning knowledge of language fundamentals paired with cultural and pedagogical TESOL training and teaching experiences. 

Benefits of TESOL minor

  • Thoughtfully designed program will prepare students with both the linguistic and pedagogical tools to educate ESOL students.
  • Various opportunities to be in a field of education to practice what was learned during the course.
  • Better employment opportunities for future educational career. 

Track 1: Academic training focus

  1. TSL3080: ESOL Foundations: Culture and Language (3 credits); offered every fall, spring, and summer as needed (online, hybrid, or face-to-face)
  2. TSL4340: TESOL Methods and Curriculum (3 credits); offered every fall and spring (hybrid or face-to-face) A 36-hour field experience is required as part of the course. *Pre-requisite: TSL3080
  3. TSL4240: Applied linguistics and Grammar in TESOL (3 credits); offered every fall, spring, and summer as needed (online) A 5-10 hour non-traditional classroom field experienced is required as part of the course.
  4. EDF2085: Introduction to Diversity for Educators (3 credits); offered every fall,spring, and summer (face-to-face)
  5. Choose one multicultural-/language-/diversity-related course (including a college-level foreign language course) in consultation with a TESOL program faculty advisor, TESOL@unf.edu, (3 credits)

Track 2: Field experience focus

  1. TSL4324: TESOL for Content Area Teachers (3 credits); offered every fall and spring (face-to-face) A 36-hour field experience is required as part of the course. 
  2. TSL4944: TESOL Practicum (3 credits); offered every spring.
  3. TSL4240: Applied Linguistics and Grammar in TESOL (3 credits); offered every fall and spring, possibly summer as needed (online). A 5-10 hour non-traditional classroom field experienced is required as part of the course.

  4. EDF2085: Introduction to Diversity for Educators, 3 credits, every fall & spring, and summer (face-to-face)
  5. Choose one multicultural-/language-/diversity-related course (including a college-level foreign language course) in consultation with a TESOL program faculty advisor, TESOL@unf.edu (3 credits)

Tuitions and Fees

Please visit this page for tuition and fee information.

Contact

TESOL Director, tesol@unf.edu

Undergraduate Teaching English Abroad Certificate

Program description

 

The Teaching English Abroad Certificate prepares candidates to become teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) in U.S. settings as well as teachers of English as a foreign language (EFL) or English as a second language (ESL) in international settings.

 

This program is designed to align with domestic and international ESOL core concepts:

  1. Methods of teaching English to speakers of other languages (ESOL);
  2. ESOL curriculum and materials development;
  3. Cross-cultural communication and understanding;
  4. Applied linguistics; and
  5. Testing and evaluation of ESOL.

Upon completion of the five courses listed below, students will obtain a certificate issued by the University of North Florida.

Required courses

Track 1:

  • TSL3080: ESOL Foundations: Culture and Language (3 credits) *5 hours field experience
  • TSL4340: TESOL Methods, Curriculum, and Assessment (3 credits) *36 hours field experience
  • TSL4240: Applied linguistics and Grammar in TESOL (3 credits) *5-10 hours field experience
  • TSL4520: ESOL Cross-Cultural Communication (3 credits) *5-10 hours field experience (Summer only)

Or

  • TSL4441: Assessment in ESOL Settings (3 credits) *5-10 hours field experience (Summer only)
  • TSL4944: TESOL Practicum (3 credits) (Fall 2021 & Spring 2022)

Track 2:

  • TSL4324: ESOL Issues and Strategies in Content Instruction (3 credits) *36 hours field experience
  • TSL4240: Applied linguistics and Grammar in TESOL (3 credits) *5-10 hours field experience
  • TSL4520: ESOL Cross-Cultural Communication (3 credits) *5-10 hours field experience (Summer only)
  • TSL4441: Assessment in ESOL Settings (3 credits) *5-10 hours field experience (Summer only)
  • TSL4944: TESOL Practicum (3 credits) (Fall 2021 & Spring 2022)

Overview:

Estimated time to complete: 1 year

Delivery: face-to-face, hybrid, or online

Tuition and Fees: Visit the UNF Tuition and Fees site for more information

Contact:

TESOL Director, TESOL@unf.edu

 

Note:

  • This certificate is for all majors who are interested in teaching English abroad.
  • This certificate is not directly linked with the Florida Department of Education ESOL endorsement or K-12 ESOL teaching certification/license.
  • This certificate is different from the Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Certificate offered by UNF's English Language Program. The TEFL Certificate is a non-credit certificate program designed for those who wish to teach English abroad. It is an intensive four-week program with 55 instructional hours, 55 post-instructional observation hours, and 10 hours of practicum. Visit the ELP's website to get more information or e-mail elp@unf.edu

Accelerated BA in International Studies to Graduate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Final Degree: Bachelor of Arts in International Studies, Graduate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)


Students accepted in this accelerated program may take a maximum of three graduate courses while still having undergraduate status. Those nine graduate credit hours will be double–counted towards both the B.A. in International Studies and the Graduate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).


When pursued separately, the B.A. in International Studies requires 120 hours and the Graduate Certificate in TESOL requires 18, for a total of 138 hours. Through this accelerated path, by double–counting three graduate courses, this total could be reduced to 129. In other words, a student completes the 18 required hours for the Graduate Certificate in TESOL, but can reduce the number of undergraduate courses required for the B.A. in International Studies by three.


Students typically will apply in the second semester of their junior year, and if accepted, take the three graduate courses during their senior year. Timing may vary, however, depending on individual circumstances.


Students in this accelerated path take TSL6345 Methods of Teaching in ESOL and Bilingual Settings, TSL6142 ESOL Curriculum Development, and any one of the other six required courses for the certificate. These courses will be double–counted as electives for the undergraduate degree.


Students in this accelerated path may also pursue Honors in the Major in International Studies.


This accelerated BA/graduate certificate path allows students to proceed more quickly toward the completion of the graduate certificate and to save on the tuition of the three undergraduate courses that are replaced by graduate courses.


Students must be aware, however, that financial aid generally does not apply to graduate certificate programs, or may not pay the full cost of the graduate tuition. For assistance in understanding the financial implications of pursuing this path, students should consult on an individual basis with One-Stop Student Services.


To be eligible to apply for this accelerated path, you must do the following:

  • Earn a GPA of 3.5 in the major.
  • Complete INS3003 Introduction to International Studies and at least four other courses within the major with grades of B or better.
  • Provide letters of recommendation from two UNF faculty members.
  • Meet with the director of the Graduate Certificate in TESOL, before applying.

Acceptance into this accelerated path does not guarantee a student’s eventual admission into the graduate certificate program. Rather, the student must do both of the following:

  • Earn a grade of B or better in all graduate courses taken while an undergraduate.
  • Apply for admission into the Graduate Certificate in TESOL program, upon completion of the requirements of the B.A. in International Studies.

Students in the accelerated path are considered for acceptance through a simplified application process for which standardized test scores are not required.


For more information, contact the TESOL director or the director of International Studies.


This language was approved by the UNF Faculty Association in December 2019, with minor updates made in January 2021.

Graduate Certificate in TESOL

Program Overview

 

The Graduate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) provides students with advanced knowledge in the education of English Language Learners (ELLs) of any age. The completion of six TESOL graduate courses awards a candidate a TESOL certificate from UNF, and qualifies a candidate to apply for the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) endorsement to be added to the candidate’s existing Florid teacher’s certificate. Additionally, the program prepares candidates to teach English domestically and abroad as there may be an opportunity to work overseas (e.g., South Korea, China, Mexico) for one year while completing the certificate program. In these context, candidates will benefit from learning knowledge of language fundamentals paired with cultural and pedagogical training and teaching experiences. All of the required six TESOL courses are offered in an online format. 

 

Strengths of UNF's TESOL Program:

  • Thoughtfully designed program to prepare students with both the linguistic and pedagogical tools to educate ESL learners.
  • Provide opportunities to be in a field of education to practice what was learned during the course
  • Assist prospective teachers to receive a professional credential that may assist them in successful or better employment opportunities in other countries.
  • Opportunities to get teacher education course teaching position related to TESOL in the higher education field. 

Required Courses (18 credit hours):

  • TSL 6345 Methods of Teaching in ESOL and Bilingual Settings (3 credits)
  • TSL 6525 Cross-Cultural Communication and Knowledge (3 credits)
  • TSL 6440 Assessment in ESOL setting (3 credits)
  • TSL 6142 ESOL Curriculum Development (3 credits)
  • TSL 6254 Applied Linguistic & Grammar for Educators (3 credits)
  • TSL 6325 TESOL Methods: Content Instruction (3 credits)

Suggested Course Sequence

Fall

TSL 6345

TSL 6254

Spring

TSL 6325

TSL 6142

Summer

TSL 6525

TSL 6440

Overview

Estimated time to complete: 1 year

Delivery: Online

Tuition and Fees: Visit the UNF Tuition and Fees site for more information

Contact: Dr. Michelle S. Kim, TESOL Director, TESOL@unf.edu or Michelle.kim@unf.edu

UNF+ Pathway:

Accelerated BA in International Studies to Graduate Certificate in TESOL

UNF is also offering an Accelerated BA in International Studies to Graduate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) as a UNF+ Pathway. Take three graduate classes while you are an undergraduate. Nine credit hours will count toward both B.A. in International Studies and Graduate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).

 

The Accelerated BA/Graduate Certificate program offers the following perks:

  • Earn a Graduate Certificate in TESOL with only 3 additional courses after you earn your bachelor’s degree in English.
  • Proceed more quickly toward the completion of the graduate certificate
  • Save on the tuition of the three undergraduate courses that are replaced by graduate courses.

You must complete the following:

  • Earn a GPA of 3.5 in the major.
  • Complete INS3003 Introduction to International Studies and at least four other courses within the major with grades of B or better.
  • Provide letters of recommendation from two UNF faculty members.
  • Meet with the director of the Graduate Certificate in TESOL, before applying.

Contact
Dr. Clayton McCarl, International Studies Director, clayton.mccarl@unf.edu
Dr. Michelle S. Kim, TESOL Director,  tesol@unf.edu or michelle.kim@unf.edu 

 

TESOL Educational Technology Graduate Certificate - Online

Program Overview

 

The online certificate in TESOL-Educational Technology focuses on the key concepts teacher candidates need to effectively integrate technology into Teaching English for Speakers of Other Language (TESOL) and discover current and future trends in TESOL and educational technology, along with strategies for implementing these trends in diverse domestic and international community contexts. This certificate program is available fully online, giving candidates the flexibility to take classes from nearly anywhere in the world. This 18-credit certificate program can be completed in one academic year in conjunction with another master's program, or on its own as a stand-alone program.

Strengths of UNF's TESOL Program

  • Thoughtfully designed program to prepare students with both the linguistic and pedagogical tools to educate ESL learners.
  • Provide opportunities to be in a field of education to practice what was learned during the course
  • Assist prospective teachers to receive a professional credential that may assist them in successful or better employment opportunities in other countries.
  • Opportunities to get teacher education course teaching position related to TESOL in the higher education field.

Required Courses (18 credit hours)

  • TSL 6254 Applied Linguistic & Grammar for Educators (3 credits)*
  • TSL 6345 Methods of Teaching in ESOL and Bilingual Settings (3 credits)*
  • TSL 6325 TESOL Methods: Content Instruction (3 credits)*
  • EME 5403 Technology in Education (3 credits)**
  • EME 6046 Technology and Literacy (3 credits)
  • EME 6601 Instructional Design and Applications (3 credits)

* courses that include required 10 hours of field experiences.

** EDA6271: Technology and Educational Leadership (3 credits) can be substituted for EME5403 Technology in Education (3 credits).

Suggested Course Sequence

Fall Spring Summer
TSL 6345 TSL 6325 [as needed]
TSL 6254 EME 6601  
EME 5403

(or EDA 6271)

EME 6046  

Overview

Estimated time to complete: 1 year

Terms Offered: Every Fall, Spring and Summer (as needed)

Delivery: Online

Deadlines: Fall, August 1; Spring, December 1; Summer, March 15

Tuition and Fees: Visit the UNF Tuition and Fees site for more information

Special Notes: Select credits from this program may later be applied toward the master's program in curriculum and instruction/TESOL concentration or instructional technology.

All certificate courses can be applied for teacher recertification in all fields.

 

Apply Online

Contact

Dr. Michelle S. Kim, TESOL Director, tesol@unf.edu or Michelle.kim@unf.edu

Dr. Terry Cavanaugh, Instructional Technology, tcavanau@unf.edu

Masters in Elementary Education with a concentration in TESOL

Program Overview

 

The Master of Education in Elementary Education, with a specialization in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Language (TESOL), provides candidates with academic and field training in the education of English Language Learners (ELLs) of any age. The completion of Twelve TESOL graduate courses awards a candidate a Master's degree in Elementary Education concentration in TESOL along with TESOL certificate from UNF and qualifies a candidate to apply for the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) endorsement to be added to the candidate's existing Florid teacher's certificate. Additionally, the program prepares candidates to teach English domestically and abroad. In these context, candidates will benefit from learning knowledge of language fundamentals paired with cultural and pedagogical training and teaching experiences. All of the required twelve TESOL courses are offered in various delivery modes. The program can be completed in 2 years.

Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction

Program Overview

 

The Masters of Education (M.Ed.) in Curriculum and Instruction provides advanced graduate studies for practicing teachers in pedagogy and curriculum, with an emphasis on teacher inquiry. The program offers specializations for teachers from preschool through secondary education to further their professional practice through reflective teaching, inquiry, and research-based graduate courses.

Strengths of UNF TESOL Program

  • Thoughtfully designed program to prepare students with both the linguistic and pedagogical tools to educate ESL learners.
  • Provide opportunities to be in a field of education to practice what was learned during the course
  • Assist prospective teachers to receive a professional credential that may assist them in successful or better employment opportunities in other countries.
  • Opportunities to get teacher education course teaching position related to TESOL in the higher education field.

Career Opportunities Afforded

English language instructors, language testers, language program administrators, ESOL faculty, teaching professor, English program coordinator and more!

Course Delivery Modes

View the Course Catalog

Online, hybrid, face-to-face

Contact

Dr. Michelle S. Kim

TESOL Director

tesol@unf.edu or michelle.kim@unf.edu