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Teaching English as a Second Language

Degree Type:
Teacher Licensure, Undergraduate/Post-Bacc Certificate
Mode of Study:
On Campus

The Division of Humanities, in cooperation with the Department of Education, offers a program of four courses designed to acquaint the student with language study and an understanding of the process of learning another language along with effective methods and skills needed to assist speakers of other languages in their learning English. A certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language will be awarded to the candidates who have completed this program and have at least 60 semester hours of college level credit. An add-on teaching licensure may be added to North Carolina teaching licensure holders.

Add-On Licensure

With careful planning and additional courses, a Teacher Education Candidate admitted to the Teacher Education Program can also earn a second license. Add-on licenses offered at Methodist University are Academically and Intellectually Gifted (K-12) and Teaching English as a Second Language (K-12). There are four additional courses for the Teacher Candidate to take during the program. At the end of the program, the Teacher Candidate takes the specialized Praxis II exam prior to submitting to NCDPI for the certificate. Teachers holding a current North Carolina Continuing License or Initial License who are in active employment may enroll in the program. To do so, they must discuss their program requirements with the advisor who will then complete a personal course of study. If approved, the Teacher Candidate must submit a copy of their current teaching license, official transcript, and take all required coursework at Methodist University.

Certificate Requirements

These courses, considered electives with any major or minor, may be taken in any sequence. This certificate will serve many purposes. Interested students should discuss this program with the TESL coordinator.

Required Courses

The required courses (offered at least once a year) are as follows:

CME 3600 Exploring Cross Cultural Communication (3) LAN 3200 Introduction to Linguistics (3)
EDU 4160 Teaching Methods for Foreign Language/ESL (3) LAN 3300 Second Language Acquisition (3)

Additional Licensure Requirements

For add-on licensure, in addition to completing coursework, Candidates should take the English as a Second Language (K-12) (Praxis II, Test Code 5362 English to Speakers of Other Languages, Passing Score: 155), exam before submitting to NCDPI for the certificate.

NC State Board of Education Complaint Process

The North Carolina State Board of Education (SBE) has jurisdiction to investigate allegations of noncompliance regarding specific laws and rules. Complaints may address Educator Preparation Program requirements set forth in Article 15(D) of Chapter 115C. The SBE does not have jurisdiction over complaints related to contractual arrangements with an EPP, commercial issues, obtaining a higher grade or credit for training, or seeking reinstatement to an EPP. All complaints filed with the SBE must be in writing. A person or entity may file a written complaint with SBE by filling out a complaint form and submitting online and/or mailing or faxing a hard copy to the address on the form.


Patricia Fecher, Ed.D.

Associate Provost, Academic Operations; Interim Chair & Associate Professor of Education; SACSCOC Liaison
Dr. Patricia Fecher

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Contact (Add-On Teaching Licensure)

Patricia Fecher, Ed.D.

Associate Provost, Academic Operations; Interim Chair & Associate Professor of Education; SACSCOC Liaison
Dr. Patricia Fecher