TEFL Certificate and TESOL & Multilingual Education Minor

Overview of Certificate and Minor

The Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Certificate (12 credits) is primarily designed for undergraduate students and community members who are interested in teaching English while living abroad or working with multilinguals domestically. The TEFL Certificate is an abbreviated sequence of coursework introducing students to the field of teaching k-12 and adult multilingual learners.

For students looking for more robust coursework in the field of multilingual education, they may consider completing the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) & Multilingual Education minor. The Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) & Multilingual Education minor (21 credits) is designed to prepare students to work with children and adults who are learning English as an additional language in the United States and abroad. Through elective credits, students explore the topics of Linguistics, language, and identity with an emphasis on classroom implications.

Courses in both programs cover topics such as second language acquisition, teaching methods, assessment of language development, linguistics, and the relationship between culture and language. These new programs are the only of their kind offered in the Northland, and what makes them even more unique is the field experience where students can get first-hand experience working with non-native speakers of English and multilingual students.

The TESOL minor requires Introduction to Linguistics (Ling 1811) as a prerequisite for admission. The TEFL Certificate has no prerequisites, however, one must have 30 semester credits before admission to the program. Students completing the TESOL minor will also complete the same 12 credits in the TEFL Certificate program making them eligible to receive the TEFL Certificate as well!

It is advised to begin both programs with Bilingualism & Biliteracy Development: Foundations of Second Language Acquisition (EDUC 3100). After completing the Bilingualism & Biliteracy Development course, students should declare the minor or apply for admission to the certificate program.

TEFL Certificate

Requirements: total 12 Credits

For more information on the TEFL Certificate, see the University Catalog. 

Certificate Application and Admission  

Application for Admission Form

  • Apply for admission any semester.
  • Complete the application for admission form before completing the required coursework.
  • No application fee is required for registered UMD students.

 For admission or application questions, contact One Stop at [email protected] or 218-726-8000.

Certificate Completion

Completion Form

  • This form is submitted when a student enrolls in the last course of the certificate requirements and is required.
  • Certificate will appear on your transcript.
  • For more information on certificate completion, please see One Stop.

Tuition and Fees

For more information on Certificate Programs please see One Stop.

TESOL & Multilingual Education Minor

Requirements: total 21 Credits

For more information on courses or course prerequisites, see the University Catalog. Students pursuing the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) & Multilingual Education minor are eligible for the Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certificate.

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Program Contact:

Jill Boettcher