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TESOL K-12 (Minor)

Teacher Education Undergrad Minor MIN

Variable Credit Min


Variable Credit Max



1. Language/Linguistics

Learning Outcome

Teacher Candidates know understand and use the major concepts theories and research related to the nature and acquisition of language and linguistic systems to support English language learners' development of literacy. Teacher Candidates have (and use) knowledge and skills to construct learning environments that support development of English language proficiency: literacy academic and cognitive development.


2. Cultural Diversity

Learning Outcome

Teacher Candidates know understand and use the major concepts principles theories and research related to the nature and role of culture and cultural groups. Teacher Candidates create a learning environment that is sensitive to and supportive of English language learner's cultural identities language and literacy development and content area knowledge.


3. Instruction

Learning Outcome

Teacher Candidates know understand and use the Utah English Language Proficiency Standards in selection of programs practices and strategies related to planning implementing and managing ESL and content instruction including classroom organization teaching strategies for development and integrating language skills and choosing and adapting classroom resources.


4. Assessment

Learning Outcome

Teacher Candidates understand issues of assessment and accommodation and use a variety of measurement tools to evaluate English language learners for placement proficiency and instruction.


5. Family and Community Involvement

Learning Outcome

Teacher Candidates understand the role and contribution of family and community in the cognitive linguistic and social development of students. Teacher Candidates provide support and advocacy for ELs and their families and understand the history laws and policies of ESL teaching. Teacher Candidates work in partnerships with families and communities to create positive learning environments.

Program Requirements

Licensure: This program meets the educational requirements designed to lead to an occupationally required professional license or certificate in the state of Utah. Students pursuing occupations requiring a license or certificate in a state other than Utah should contact the appropriate BYU academic advisement center as well as the licensing agency in the state where they intend to work to seek information and guidance regarding licensure and certification requirements.

This minor is designed to prepare students to teach in public schools. A teaching minor may only be received by students graduating with a teaching major. In order to graduate with this minor, students are required to complete Utah State Office of Education licensing requirements. To view these requirements go to or contact the Education Advisement Center, 350 MCKB, 801-422-3426.

Courses must be taken in sequential order and no more than two TELL courses can be taken in the same semester/term.

The TESOL K-12 minor is highly recommended for elementary education, early childhood education, special education mild/moderate, and secondary education majors. Students in these majors will meet some of the course requirements within their major program. Please contact the Education Advisement Center, 350 MCKB, (801) 422-3426 with any questions.

For students accepted into the major after December 16, 2019, grades below C in any required coursework in a teaching major or teaching minor will not be accepted. Teacher candidates must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.7 or higher once admitted into the program and to qualify for student teaching. For additional details on admission and retention requirements for teaching majors and teaching minors, see Educator Preparation Program Requirements in the Undergraduate Catalog.

Requirement 1 — Complete 1 of 3 Courses

course - Ed & Multicult Issues in Sp Ed 3.0

course - Fndtns of Multicultural Educ 3.0

course - Multi Cult Ed for Sc Ed 3.0

Requirement 2 — Complete 1 Course

course - Second Lang. Lrng & Tchg 3.0

Requirement 3 — Complete 1 of 3 Courses

course - Assess/Eval Stdnts w/Excp Nds 3.0

course - Inst Design & Assess/All Lrnrs 3.0

course - Assess'g Ling Diverse Students 2.0

Requirement 4 — Complete 1 of 3 Courses

course - Tching Read/LA Disabilities Se 3.0

course - Tchg Literacy in Grades K-2 3.0

course - K-12 Liter. 2nd Lang. Learners 2.0

Requirement 5 — Complete 1 Course

course - Content-Based Lang. Instr. 2.0

Requirement 6 — Complete 1 of 2 Courses

course - Collaboration 3.0

course - Family,Sch,& Comm Partnerships 2.0

Requirement 7 — Complete 4 hours

Complete four credit hours of the following after all the courses above have been completed:

course - TESOL K-12 Practicum - You may take once 4.0