About the program
Got the travel bug and dream of teaching English to clients overseas? Or are you a homebody, eager to make use of rapidly changing apps and technologies to tutor English in real time from your home office?
Or maybe you’re a fan of language, its mechanics, and its intersections with cutting-edge new artificial intelligence applications and software. You’re interested in laying the groundwork for later graduate work in linguistics.
These are all reasons why you might be interested in earning the Applied Linguistics (TEFL-TESOL) Certificate. Our certificate prepares students to meet professional standards for teaching English to language learners residing abroad. The program of study includes linguistics courses about the nature of language and cultural aspects of linguistic systems, as well as courses in English syntax, phonology, morphology, and pragmatics. A unique feature of Metropolitan State University’s certification process is the four-part internship sequence designed to help students meet the two-year teaching/tutoring experience requirements preferred by hiring agencies.
Please note: an Applied Linguistics (TEFL-TESOL) Certificate does not provide licensure or qualify its holders to teach in Minnesota public schools. To learn more about earning English-teaching licensure, check information on the English for Teaching BS degree.
The Applied Linguistics (TEFL-TESOL) Certificate is a direct requirement or preferred qualification for the following jobs:
- Teaching English by travelling to institutions abroad
- Securing private clients abroad
- Teaching English from home to foreign clients via Skype, ZOOM, and other internet applications
- Consulting, instructing, and coaching speakers of other languages as they prep for the TOEFL to gain admissions to an English-speaking university
- Tutoring English language learners in Minnesota, outside of public school contexts
The Applied Linguistics certificate can complement students’ study in a wide variety of fields. For example, individuals are sometimes presented with the following opportunities as a result of studying and/or teaching English linguistics at home or abroad:
- Cross-language liaison for business, nonprofit, or advocacy work in the U.S.;
- Cultural consultant for businesses abroad;
- Natural language computer/AI applications development; or
- Application for more advanced or senior positions within an organization.
Students can also use their certificate in Applied Linguistics as a foundation for future graduate work in linguistics, which, in conjunction with study in other fields (e.g., foreign language, computer science), leads to careers such as:
- Cryptologic Linguist
- Special Agent: Linguist
- Computational Linguist
- Speech System Diagnostics
- Semantic Ontologist
- Dialect Analytic Linguist
- Analytical Linguist
- Foundational Concepts – The student’s work demonstrates proficiency in articulating foundational linguistics principles and high mastery of Standard Written English (SWE).
- Cultural Analysis – The student provides analyses of complex cultural and linguistic contexts arising from legacies of colonialism, genocide, and linguistic suppression associated with the teaching of English in historic and present-day contexts.
- Data Analysis – Students collect, organize, and analyze linguistic data.
- Problem Solving – Students solve linguistic problems by applying appropriate qualitative and quantitative methodologies to analyze linguistic structure and pattern.
- Application – The student gains sustained experience tutoring clients in English at our partner institutions and engaging in in reflective evaluation of tutoring efficacy.
- Comparative – The student uses theories of primary and second language acquisition to gain insights into language variation, cross-linguistic differences, and language learners’ development.
- Professionalism – Students demonstrate a high level of professionalism, gain significant experience as volunteer interns at community locations, and join a professional organization.
- English BA
- English for Teaching BS
- Any major at all! The Applied Linguistics (TEFL-TESOL) Certificate is a twenty-credit program, the size of a minor, that can add value to the student’s degree.