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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 undergraduate students as well as 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 for graduate and undergraduate students and is designed to complete all 12 hours of required coursework in a one-month time period. Typically, the summer intensive takes place during the month of either June or 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 2021: The discount for those registering for all four courses is 40% off tuition + registration fees. For more information about tuition and fees, see our Tuition and Fees webpage; for course dates, see below.

Course Number Course Name | Instructor Dates
MLG 450/5450 The Multicultural Classroom | Krason June 1 - 4, 2021
MLG 451/5451 Second Language Acquisition | Brill June 7 - 11, 2021
MLG 452/5452 Applied Linguistics | Krason June 14 - 18, 2021
MLG 453/5453 Methods & Field Studies | Fuller June 21 - 25, 2021

COVID-19 Update: We will be conducting our Intensive EL/TESOL Certification Program remotely for Summer 2021, with a mixture of live video classrooms via Zoom, recorded lectures and online work. 

Enrollment for Summer 2021 is now closed.

If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact us at

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

* Course is taught in its respective language.