The Linguistics Department, in collaboration with the ESL Program and the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures now offers a 15-credit Certificate in Teaching English as a Second or Other Language. A full description with requirements can be found at this web page: https://www.umass.edu/linguistics/certificate-teaching-english-second-or-other-language. In Spring 2020, two new courses, LINGUIST 330 The Structure of English for Language Teaching and LLC 320 Foundations of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages will be offered online, at no extra cost to UMass Amherst undergraduates.
This Certificate is intended to provide students with the foundation in linguistics and language teaching that they need to succeed as an English language teacher. It can serve as preparation for teaching English abroad, or for teaching outside the public school system here in the US (it does not provide certification or licensure for teaching in the K-12 context).