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The Modern Language department offers an English Learner Certificate Program (EL Certificate) in TESOL at the graduate and undergraduate level. The purpose of the certificate program is to develop qualified students who have an interest in teaching English to non-native English speakers. This is an interdisciplinary program with courses in linguistics, teacher training and pedagogy, research, and multicultural understanding, incorporating the departments of Modern Languages, Education, English, and Communication.

At the undergraduate level, students may also choose to minor in TESOL. The minor consists of 18 hours, including the four courses for the EL/TESOL certificate and 6 additional hours.

If you have already completed the EL/TESOL Certification Program and would like to receive your certificate, please follow the link below.

EL/TESOL Certification

This four-course program meets the required guidelines for an add-on endorsement by the Mississippi Department of Education for English as a Second Language. This is available for currently certified Mississippi teachers, and as a bonus, Mississippi College offers a 30% tuition reduction for all teachers K-12.

The courses for this certificate program include:

Course Number Course Name Hours
MLG 450/5450 The Multicultural Classroom 3
MLG 451/5451 Second Language Acquisition 3
MLG 452/5452 Applied Linguistics 3
MLG 453/5453 Methods & Field Studies 3

Intensive EL/TESOL Certification (Summer Only)

The Intensive EL/TESOL Certification Program is designed to complete all required coursework in a one-month time period. Typically, the summer intensive is during the month of July and students receive a discount for enrolling in the block certification. Details about tuition and course dates are available in February each year. For Summer 2020: the discount for those registering for all four courses is $4300 + applicable fees; for course dates, please see below.

Course Number Course Name | Professor Dates
MLG 450/5450 The Multicultural Classroom | Krason June 29-July 3, 2020
MLG 451/5451 Second Language Acquisition | Stapleton July 6-10, 2020
MLG 452/5452 Applied Linguistics | Krason July 13-17, 2020
MLG 453/5453 Methods & Field Studies | Fuller July 20-24, 2020

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: We will be conducting our Intensive EL/TESOL Certification courses online this summer, with a mixture of live video classrooms via Zoom, recorded lectures, and online work. Enrollment is currently open. If you are not a current MC student and would like to enroll for the EL/TESOL Certification Program, please follow the instuction below to apply.

How to Apply:

  • Please click here to apply to MC as a non-degree seeking student (when asked if you are pursuing a graduate degree or a second bachelor's degree, select NO).
  • When asked what degree format you prefer, choose TRADITIONAL ON-CAMPUS (even though these classes are exclusively online, they are only so due to COVID and are traditionally conducted at MC).
  • On the following screen, you will be prompted to choose your degree (do not choose NON-DEGREE here). Scroll down and select the ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNER CERTIFICATE.
  • Follow prompts to compete your application.

The deadline to register for the program is Sunday, June 28, 2020. We recommend aiming to be registered a week prior to class start, so please plan accordingly.

If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact us at modernlanguages@mc.edu.

TESOL Minor (Undergraduate students only)

To minor in TESOL, students must complete the four courses listed above and 6 additional hours. The additional hours must come from the following courses:

Course Number Course Name Hours
MLG 205 Cross-Cultural Understanding 3
COM 449 Intercultural Communication 3
ENG 457 History of the English Language 3
COM 402 Listening 3
SPA 315 Spanish Civilization* 3
FRE 315 French Civilization* 3
SPA 316 Latin American Civilization* 3
GER 315 German Civilization* 3
MLG 440 Special Topics - Food & Culture 3
MLG 401 Intro to Sociolinguistics & Dialect 3
MLG 440 Special Topics - Historical Linguistics 3

* Course is taught in its respective language.