Degree Programs

Add - On Licensure Program In Teaching English As a Second Language (TESL)

In preparation for Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) in grades K-12, the TESL Add-on Licensure candidate must demonstrate the competencies necessary for certification and professional development prior to exiting. These competencies are demonstrated through the required course of study and through a research practicum experience.

The TESL Add-on Licensure Program is designed to provide for the following:

  1. Skills in selecting, adapting, and analyzing materials appropriate for ESL teaching and effective strategies for using these materials in curriculum development
  2. Knowledge of current trends in the teaching of ESL and mastery skills in the use of a variety of effective methods/strategies for teaching at various levels in this area and skills in the effective use of technology in the teaching of ESL
  3. Competence in the use of a variety of diagnostic testing, evaluation, and test development procedures
  4. Knowledge of linguistic theory, including the structure of language and the principles of language acquisition, language development and language learning
  5. Understanding and appreciation of cultural diversity; understanding of the interrelationships involving language, culture, and society and the implications of those interrelationships for ESL teaching
  6. Ability to evaluate the effectiveness of various methodologies while thinking critically and conducting research /case studies within the context of ESL
  7. Professional attitude toward the teaching of ESL through study and investigation of current research reflecting the state of the art


  1. Individuals who hold a Bachelor's or Master's degree and a current teaching license in any area may enroll in the program to become NC certified TESL K-12 teachers.
  2. Undergraduate students may enroll in any course within the program for professional and/or personal development with permission of the TESL Coordinator.
  3. Candidates must show evidence of having studied a foreign language at the college level. The ESL Program Coordinator will evaluate all previous transcripts.
  4. Non-native speakers of English and applicants coming from non-Anglophone countries must submit official score reports for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and either the Test of Spoken English (TSE) or its institutional equivalent to the SPEAK test.


The TESL Add-on Licensure Program requires a minimum of 18 semester hours of course work. The sequence of required courses is as follows:

Course Title Credit Hrs.
ESL 5310 Language Acquisition and Language Learning 3
ESL 5311 Language and Culture in ESL 3
ESL 5312 Testing, Assessment, and Evaluation of ESL 3
ESL 5313 Principles and Methods of Teaching ESL 3
ESL 5315 Advanced Grammar for ESL Teachers 3
ESL 5317 Literacy Skills Development in ESL 3
Total = 18
Candidates must receive a grade of "C" or better in all courses taken for the licensure.

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