A Minor in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) requires the completion of 18 credit hours of specialized coursework. This program is designed for students already seeking an initial license in another content area who wish to gain expertise in the education of English Language Learners in the K-12 public school setting. Students interested in pursuing TESL must be approved for admission to the minor by meeting statewide teacher education program admission requirements. Advising and admission to the minor are administered through the Office of Teacher Education Advising, Licensure, and Recruitment (TEALR) in the College of Education.
Declaring the minor requires admission to a major or minor in a subject area for which there is teacher licensure (Elementary Education, Special Education, Secondary or Middle Grades Education, Foreign Language Education, etc.). After declaring the minor, advising is offered through the Department of Middle, Secondary, and K-12 Education in collaboration with advising in the student’s major department. The minor is designed to be coordinated with Junior and Senior level coursework in the major, with the final semester that includes an advanced seminar/ practicum in TESL. Successful completion of the minor and passing licensure testing requirements lead to a recommendation for North Carolina add-on K-12 licensure in ESL.