Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

For teachers interested in working with diverse learners, Furman offers both the TESOL Endorsement and Licensure, as well as the Master of Arts in Education with a concentration in TESOL, a 36-credit program which offers research-based strategies that help teachers make necessary modifications in instruction while promoting an inclusive environment.

Our instructors bring a wealth of TESOL experience to their classrooms, providing you with pedagogical approaches for interactive, dialogical learning with relevant, scenario-based examples. We create a space for you to work individually and with other educators to explore, examine, and critically analyze the intersection of language development and content area learning with English language learners.

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Endorsement & Licensure Course Requirements


In order to add ESL licensure, the State Department of Education requires a student to have taken a minimum of six-semester hours of a second language, as well as earn a passing score on the appropriate PRAXIS II exam.

A second language experience may be met by any one of the following:

  • Six semester hours in courses in a single second language
  • Completion of intensive language training by the Peace Corps, Foreign Service Institute, or Defense Language Institute
  • Placement by the language department of an accredited institution in a course appropriate for the third semester of study or beyond in a foreign language
  • Demonstration of second language proficiency as verified in writing by an official designated by the South Carolina State Department of Education for a language unavailable by an accredited institution
TESOL Endorsement (6 Credits)

South Carolina Teachers may earn a specialized endorsement in TESOL through completion of the following courses:

*15 hours of embedded practicum experience is included

*Teachers wishing to transition their Endorsement into a licensure will also be required to complete three other related courses (EDOL 621, 641, and 961)

Stacking Credentials

Educators may choose to complete a Master’s of Arts in Education (36 Credits) at Furman through earning the stackable credentials listed below:

  1. TESOL Endorsement (6 Credits)
  2. TESOL Licensure (+9 Credits)
  3. Master of Arts in Education (+21 Credits)

In addition to gaining a certification area, teachers gain pay increases after completing +18 graduate hours or +30 hours above the master’s degree.

Master's Degree Course Requirements (36 Credits)


Currently enrolled Furman undergraduates pursuing teaching certification, who have satisfactorily completed all senior block courses including the practicum experience, eligible to enroll in EDEP-670 Teaching Internship, may gain provisional graduate admission for study in summer session prior to the completion of the teaching internship and initial licensure attainment.  Successful completion of all senior block courses is required before students will be allowed to enroll in graduate level courses.

Capstone Experience (3 credits)

*Must be the final course completed in the degree program.

Undergraduate Fifth-Year Program

Teacher-to-Teacher Courses (9 Credits)

The add-on certification master’s with this concentration is limited to the students completing the bachelor’s degree at Furman enrolled in the five-year extended program.

TESOL Coordinator

About Bobbi Seifert

Ph.D., NBCT 2002, 2012

After 10 years teaching elementary school, 10 years serving as an ESOL high school teacher, and serving as a Curriculum Specialist at the district level, Dr. Siefert’s K-12 teaching experience has provided her with a strong teaching foundation which informs her instruction at Furman.

“Dr. Siefert cares deeply for her students and cultivates an atmosphere of respect and a love of learning. Her wisdom from her years as a teacher are evident in her instruction and valuable to her students. She takes tough information and makes it extremely manageable and understandable. Dr. Siefert is truly one of the best professors I have ever had and I wish she taught all my courses (Spring 2018 Student, EDOL 621).”

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