The undergraduate minor in TESOL provides CU Boulder students with foundational knowledge and skills for English teaching while also incorporating the broader perspectives of culture, language use and language learning. Housed in the linguistics department, the 18-credit minor is open to all interested students, and may be of particular relevance to students from social science, humanities, speech/language, foreign language, international affairs and communication programs or backgrounds.

The widespread role of English as an international lingua franca opens up many opportunities for trained English teachers globally. Increasingly, EFL (English as a foreign language) providers want to hire individuals with relevant training—not just those who are native or near-native speakers. Minor earners, in conjunction with their bachelor's degrees, will have the credentials to be able to tap into professional opportunities in the dynamic world of English language teaching—globally and in the U.S.

The program is focused on the teaching of English to young adults and adults while also incorporating the broader perspectives of language use and language learning from education, communication, culture and society. A one-semester practicum experience involves teaching or tutoring with a community ESL provider. 


Students must complete a total of 18 credit hours of TESOL linguistic courses and TESOL related coursework, 9 of which must be at the upper-division level. Students must maintain a GPA of at least 2.00 (C) in all courses that can count toward the minor and complete all courses counting toward the minor with a grade of C- or better.

Students cannot declare both the major in linguistics and the minor in TESOL. 

Required Courses and Credits

Required Courses
LING 4610Pedagogical Grammar for Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages3
LING 4620Teaching Second Language (L2) Oral Skills and Communication3
LING 4630TESOL and Second Language Acquisition: Principles and Practices3
LING 4910TESOL Practicum3
Choose two of the following courses:6
Intercultural Communication
Educational Psychology for Elementary Schools
Foundations of Bilingual/Multicultural Education
Teaching English Language Development
Secondary World Language Methods
Introduction to Bilingual/Multicultural Education
Methods of Biliteracy Instruction
Language Acquisition for Bilingual Learners
World Language Policies
Language and Culture
Language Development
Total Credit Hours18