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Why TESOL?

TESOL stands for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and is a rapidly growing field. TESOL courses equip students and professionals for English teaching overseas, in U.S. schools, in community or church-based ESL programs, through social work organizations, and in non-profit outreach to immigrants, refugees, and English learners born in the U.S. 

More than 1.7 billion people in the world currently learn and use English worldwide, and for more than 2/3 of those people English is not their first language. The continued increase of English learners worldwide has led to an increased need for qualified English teachers.

Why Huntington University for TESOL?

  • No matter your background, no matter your destination, HU prepares you! You don't have to be an education major or current teacher. Our program does allow current teachers to add EL state licensure, but our certification and degree programs are open to all backgrounds and prepare you for any and all settings.
  • Face-to-Face Traditional Classes: Traditional undergraduate classes are offered on our main Huntington campus in a face-to-face format. Undergraduate students from any major are welcome to add the TESOL certificate or minor to their degree. 
  • Adult Certificate and Graduate Degree Programs – Online with Synchronous Options: To supplement our flexible and completely online format for working adults, we provide the option for weekly real-time sessions with the professor and your classmates. Participate if you'd like, or watch the recording later. It's flexible to give you all of the benefits of a face-to-face program with all of the conveniences of online!
  • Value-Driven: As a faith-based institution, HU seeks to help meet you where you are in your spiritual journey and explore how faith intersects with your education and career. Our students come from a variety of faith backgrounds. And while we're clear about our commitment to Christ, Scholarship, and Service, we welcome everyone to the table to gain a better understanding of the values we all bring so that we can learn and teach better together.
  • Convenient and Affordable for Working Adults: Our adult certificate and master's degree programs are very competitively priced. This affordability, combined with our convenient online learning format, makes it possible for working adults to maintain full-time work while making quick progress through a graduate program.
  • Approved by the Department of Education for Licensing: Our TESOL/EL certificate coursework is approved by the Indiana DOE to add EL as a content area to a current teaching license. This approval includes our traditional, face-to-face courses as well as our online certification and graduate degree programs. If you're not in the state of Indiana but are interested in state licensing, our coursework may be approved for your state as well. Just contact us at its@huntington.edu, and we'll let you know!

Undergraduate Programs

Undergraduate TESOL/EL Certificate

Consider receiving your TESOL Certificate from HU. You’ll earn an internationally-recognized qualification to teach English anywhere in the world. (Yes, anywhere!) Our TESOL certification program can be completed in as few as 9 months. If you have time for 15 credit hours, you can join a competitive field of English educators working in schools, non-profits, social organizations, and ministries around the world. 

HU’s TESOL/EL Certificate requires 4 main courses, plus a TESOL practicum. You’ll cover the foundations of TESOL, intercultural communications, listening and speaking, and reading and writing instructional methods – all while getting hands-on teaching time with 60+ hours of direct teaching during your practicum.

Undergraduate TESOL Minor

The TESOL/EL Certificate is a total of 15 credit hours. There are four three-credit courses and a three-credit practicum. For students wishing to minor in TESOL, additional coursework is added to the TESOL/EL Certificate to total 22 credits.

The TESOL minor allows students to gain more practical experience with curriculum design, course planning, and individualized areas of interest within the field of TESOL.

Online Programs

Online TESOL/EL Certificate

You’ll earn an internationally-recognized qualification to teach English anywhere in the world. (Yes, anywhere!) Our TESOL certification program can be completed in as few as 9 months.

Online Master of Education in TESOL

The TESOL Education track is designed for people working in any field, and you do not need to be a licensed teacher to participate. It is a program for educators who teach speakers of languages other than English, but also for those who may work with English language learners in any field.

Online Master of Arts in Ministry and TESOL

You will have the opportunity to travel the world, teach, and minister with this all-in-one Master’s degree. In coupling our TESOL certificate with courses in cross-cultural ministry, plus ministry electives of your own choosing, students are able to focus on their ideal career path.

We'd love to speak with you!

Are you interested in enrolling in our TESOL program? Do you have questions? Send an email to its@huntington.edu, drop us a line at (260) 359-4296, or click the button below to use our convenient contact form!

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Meet the TESOL Faculty

Luke Fetters

Professor of Ministry and Missions and Director of the Global Studies Office

From 1987 until 1997, Fetters served as the director of the English Language Program, a conversational English program for adults in Macau, China.

Shoshannah Hernandez

Director of the Institute for TESOL Studies and Associate Director of Global Studies

Shoshannah Hernandez serves as the Director of the Institute for TESOL Studies at Huntington University. Prior to joining Huntington University, Shoshannah spent many years teaching at home and abroad, including teaching English at Liaocheng University in the People’s Republic of China.

Virginia Yang

Adjunct Faculty

Ginny has taught English for several years here in the U.S. as well as in China. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in English Education from Taylor University and a Master of Arts degree in TESOL and Intercultural Studies from Wheaton College.

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Alumni Stories

Linly Lloyd

Linly Lloyd discovered she could use her TESOL training every day to help the ELLs in her 1st grade classroom at Allen Elementary in Marion, Indiana. 

“My TESOL knowledge and education from Huntington University has dramatically impacted my teaching career,” said Linly. “I have many ELL students in my classroom, and I have used numerous TESOL strategies that have supported my ELL students. I am so thankful I went to Huntington University, where I could explore the world of TESOL and strengthen my walk with God.” 

Practical experiences introduced Linly to a variety of TESOL settings, helping her become a better teacher while she was still a student herself. Throughout everything was the support of HU faculty and staff. 

“The professors and staff truly cared about me and my future,” said Linly. “I did student teaching in Fort Wayne, where I received TESOL experience in a classroom setting, and could still get support from my TESOL professors. As a 1st grade teacher at Allen Elementary, I am able to support my ELL students well with my knowledge and experience. Huntington University did an amazing job of taking an interest and making it a passion.”

Read more stories from TESOL alumni!

Meet Our Enrollment Experts

Shoshannah Hernandez

Shoshannah Hernandez serves as the Director of the Institute for TESOL Studies at Huntington University. Prior to joining Huntington University, Shoshannah spent many years teaching at home and abroad, including teaching English at Liaocheng University in the People’s Republic of China and training English teachers for the English Language Institute/China.

Melodie Winans

Melodie “Mel” Winans joined the Huntington University team as the Recruitment Coordinator for Graduate and Professional Programs in 2015. She is responsible for assisting adults through their enrollment processes, managing enrollment data, and aiding in recruitment.