The Institute for TESOL Studies (ITS) offers certification in teaching English Language Learners (ELLs). A wide variety of teachers and other professionals find relevancy in this 15-credit certificate. Individuals working in education, missions, ministry, social work, international business, and numerous other fields benefit from earning their TESOL Certificate or state certification in teaching ELLs. ITS offers this program in an accelerated, evening format for adult learners.

For public school educators, ITS offers courswork leading to state certification in teaching ELLs. This is the nomenclature used by the state of Indiana for ELLs enrolled in public education. The certification in teaching ELLs, approved by Indiana’s Department of Education, is an excellent complement to a professional teacher’s licensure.

TESOL stands for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, and is the general nomenclature used in this field. More specifically, the TESOL Certificate equips students and professionals for overseas English teaching, community-based English instruction in the U.S., and church and non-profit outreach to refugees, immigrants, and U.S.-born ELLs. In short, the TESOL Certificate is for anyone who is not a licensed public school educator in the U.S., but who works with English language learners overseas or in a native-English speaking country.

TESOL Certificate/ Certification in Teaching ELLs (15 credits total):

Additional Practicum Information

The length and duration of the practicum experience varies widely depending on context. All students must complete a practicum comprised of teaching hours, materials preparation, grading, and observation. Some students complete their practicum in a local context; others opt to go abroad. Students are welcome to join ITS’ annual summer trip to China. This is a 2.5-week experience and includes teaching primary and middle school Chinese students, as well as working with Chinese teachers of English. Still other students may choose to complete a TESOL / EL Practicum locally by working with ELLs in Fort Wayne or another nearby city. Any number of local or foreign opportunities exist, ranging from a couple weeks to a couple months, depending on the student’s interest, schedule, and partner organization.


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