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    May 20, 2024  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Bulletin [Archived Bulletin]

Applied Linguistics Minor with Advanced TEFL Certificate

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The undergraduate applied linguistics minor with the advanced Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certificate is designed to prepare students for opportunities to teach English abroad. This combined minor and certificate are unique in the extensive clinical component with theoretical and practical coursework in linguistics. Both the undergraduate College of Liberal Arts and graduate level English as a Second Language Program in the School of Education and Leadership offer the courses for the minor and certificate.

This collaboration between programs and the combined undergraduate/graduate coursework provide undergraduates with a pre-professional curriculum that prepares students upon graduation for opportunities to work abroad even as they make decisions about further education or career pathways in fields such as education, intercultural communication, communication technology, digital media and professional writing, government, international business, international law or policy studies.

Hamline’s internationally-recognized TEFL graduate program was established in 1991 and over 1200 Hamline graduates have taught in more than 40 countries worldwide. Undergraduates can complete the initial 8-credit TEFL Certificate in one academic year. You must take TEFL Part I (ESL 7621) in the Fall term and TEFL Part II (ESL 7622) in the Spring term to be eligible for the TEFL Certificate.

The TEFL course is by application only, and junior or senior standing at the start of the course is required. Please contact Betsy Parrish ( ; 651-523-2853) for an interview and information on the application process. For a complete description of the TEFL course, go to

Undergraduates may also complete the one-month intensive TEFL course in the summer. Preference is given to graduate students for the evening programs.

Minor Requirements

The minor in Applied Linguistics requires a minimum of five courses and 20 credits as follows. (Please note: registration for graduate-level ESL courses requires special permission; use the Cross-School/Cross-Program registration form found at

One linguistics course chosen from the following:

Note: One of these two linguistics courses must be taken prior to any of the ESL electives below.


An undergraduate student pursuing an applied linguistics minor needs to satisfy at least one academic year of language study (or its equivalent as determined by the Modern Languages Department).

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