Teaching English as a Second Language

If you want to work with students who are learning English as a second language, the Teaching English as a Second Language program is ideal for you.

It’s important that you’re comfortable in a classroom setting before you graduate. That’s why we build student teaching opportunities right into the curriculum.

This licensure program will prepare you to teach English grades K – 12 and meet the requirements set by the Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB) and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Program at a Glance

The Teaching English as a Second Language major consists of 67 credits and the minor consists of 24 credits.

You'll learn the theory and practice of language teaching through the Teacher Education Program.

You'll also complete coursework in language study, grammar, second language acquisition, and pedagogy.

You'll need to apply for the Teacher Education Program by the end of your second or third semester.

Getting admitted to WSU and enrolling in this major doesn’t guarantee admission to the Teacher Education Program.

However, you’ll graduate with not only a bachelor’s degree, but also a teaching license.

Student Teaching Opportunities

You’ll complete at least two years of second/foreign language instruction in a high school setting or at least one year in a college setting.

Either experience will prepare you to teach English as a Second Language (ESL) for grades K – 12 in public school education.

Get Ready to Teach

With a Teaching English as a Second Language degree and license, you’ll be able to teach in any Minnesota public school.

Our program’s students have gone on to work in schools in:

  • Rochester, MN
  • St. Paul, MN
  • Sparta, WI
  • New Orleans, LA
  • South Korea
  • Spain

Apply for This Program

Declare your major or minor in Teaching English as a Second Language today!

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Reach out to Dr. Ditlev Larsen at DLarsen@winona.edu for more info.