Undergraduates may choose between a Major or a Minor in Applied Linguistics and a TESL Certificate, Which more narrowly specializes in teaching English as a Second Language
Portland State University has a comprehensive TESL Certificate program, and a rigorous MA TESOL program. Because PSU is located in the city of Portland where an abundance of Oregon's second language children and adults live, there are many opportunities here for pre-service teachers to gain practical teaching experience and to find employment.
Teacher observations, tutoring, and practice teaching experience are increasingly integrated with PSU's Intensive English Language Program. The IELP offers English Proficiency training to adult learners whose goals include matriculation in PSU's undergraduate and graduate degree programs, matriculation at other universities, and professional development. The IELP currently serves more than 400 English language learners from 39 countries.
Most TESL Certificate and MA TESOL graduates are able to find employment in the field soon after graduation.
- MA TESOL - Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages