UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

Teaching License in TESOL

Overview of Program

We offer two options to earn a teaching license in TESOL. One option is for those wishing to earn their initial teaching license and the other option is for those with a teaching license who want to all a license in teaching English as a Second Language (ESL).

Initial Teaching License

Additional Teaching License


Requirements for Initial TESOL License

Individuals wishing to obtain a Wisconsin or Minnesota TESOL teaching license take the following courses for a total of 36 credits (includes 12 credits of student teaching). Those who plan to teach in another state should confirm requirements for licensure with the respective state department.

Prerequisite or Corequisite:
Demonstrated proficiency of a single foreign language (two years of high school study, four semesters of university study, or another means)

Required Courses, 24 credits:
ENGL 511 Introduction to Language and Linguistics, 3 credits
ENGL 520 Structure of English, 3 credits
ENGL 522 Acquisition of Language, 3 credits
ENGL 560 Theory and Methodology of TESOL, 3 credits
ENGL 573 TESOL Tutoring: Practicum , 3 credits
ENGL 620 Pedagogical Grammar, 3 credits (Prerequisite: ENGL 520)
ENGL 675 Assessment and Testing, 3 credits
TESL 767 Teaching ESOL Reading, 3 credits

Student Teaching (12 credits):
Students are required to complete 12 credits of student teaching experience. For Wisconsin teachers, an approved licensure portfolio is required.


Requirements for Additional ESL License

Teachers who hold a Wisconsin or Minnesota teaching license take the following courses for a total of 30 credits and apply for an additional license as an TESOL teacher in Wisconsin. Teachers from other states should confirm requirements for licensure with their respective state department.

Prerequisite or Corequisite:
Demonstrated proficiency of a single foreign language (two years of high school study, four semesters of university study, or another means)

Required Courses, 24 credits:
ENGL 511 Introduction to Language and Linguistics, 3 credits
ENGL 520 Structure of English, 3 credits
ENGL 522 Acquisition of Language, 3 credits
ENGL 560 Theory and Methodology of TESOL, 3 credits
ENGL 573 TESOL Tutoring: Practicum , 3 credits
ENGL 620 Pedagogical Grammar, 3 credits (Prerequisite: ENGL 520)
ENGL 675 Assessment and Testing, 3 credits
TESL 767 Teaching ESOL Reading, 3 credits

Student Teaching (0-6credits):
Depending upon the candidate's current teaching license and the license area they are seeking, the student may be required to complete additional courses or additional student teaching experience. For Wisconsin teachers, an approved licensure portfolio is required.

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Marshall Toman
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English Department
(715) 425-3537

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Linda Jacobson
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(715) 425-3190
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