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English and Linguistics Programs

Harness the power of words.

Whether you’re reading them, writing them, studying them, analyzing them, or saying them, you cannot escape words. So why not embrace them? 

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Students in an English as a New Language class.

Teaching English as a New Language Postbaccalaureate 

Teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) requires specialized education. With this certificate, you’ll be prepared to teach English in a variety of learning venues worldwide. It is intended for students who are working toward a graduate degree in English, as well as for individuals who plan to live and teach abroad, and wish to obtain credentials and professional training in teaching English to speakers of other languages. This certificate can stand alone as a separate credential or it can be integrated within the requirements of the M.A. or M.A.T. program in English.

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Program Highlights

  • The development of problem-solving and critical-thinking skills
  • The ability to research and analyze information
  • An opportunity to express yourself creatively
  • Support from the Mastodon community
  • A prestigious Purdue education


The Teaching English as a New Language Certificate program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and nationally recognized as a high-quality program through the Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) organization.  Because of these statuses, students who meet specified requirements are eligible for the Teachers of English Learners license in the state of Indiana. Indiana holds reciprocal licensing agreements with other states.


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Requirements and Curriculum Overview

Our comprehensive curriculum and diverse requirements will challenge you to go further than you ever imagined. Check out what you can expect as you advance through our program.

Student Learning Outcome

Upon completion of this degree, students will be able to demonstrate the following learning outcome:

  • Be prepared to teach English to speakers of other languages in a variety of learning venues world-wide.