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Cultural Awareness Training
Did you know that employers in the public and private sectors are increasingly looking for employees who can conduct Cultural Awareness Training workshops? These courses allow you to prepare your own cultural awareness workshop with your own materials. Junior status required.

WLC 422: ONLINE synchronous, M 6-8:45
In combination with a Diversity core elective, this course will award you with an official marketable certificate!

WLC 522: ONLINE synchronous, M 6-8:45
In combination with an approved graduate elective like EDUC 604 (Equity in Education), this course will award you with an official marketable certificate!


Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
Dreaming of teaching English abroad, in the US, or online after graduation? This university certificate can be completed in just a month and give you the experience, expertise, and credentialing to be hired by the best programs! It is also ideal for individuals planning on working in the US with Multilingual Learners/English Language Learners. 6-credit intensive course. 

WLC 423: ONLINE synchronous, MTWR 6-8:45

WLC 523: ONLINE synchronous, MTWR 6-8:45

Earn the certificates that set you apart from the crowd!

Since 2016, the University of Southern Indiana has offered certification courses in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and Cultural Awareness Training (CAT). These certifications can be completed by undergraduate and graduate students and count for academic credit towards a degree. As of 2021, these certificates can be completed entirely online. 

Group photo of 20 students who earned the TESOL CertificateCertifications also are offered to non-degree seeking students and working professionals who want to complete the courses for professional development. Certification programs accommodate alternative modes of delivery based on company needs, time frames, and number of participants and may be offered on location, on campus, or via Zoom. Meeting times can be arranged to include weekends and evening sessions. , or call 812-465-7026 for more information.

The TESOL course is offered online during the summer term only.

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) certification offers educational skills in teaching English to speakers of other languages at home and abroad. The course offers:

  • Methodological and theoretical training on second language acquisition
  • Instruction in teaching methodologies
  • Hands-on experience in the classroom

The 6-credit course is offered over the course of one month during the summer term.

Undergraduate students enroll in WLC 423, while graduate students enroll in WLC 523.

In 2023, WLC 423 and 523 will be taught (online synchronous) during Summer Session 1 (May 15-June 16) on MTWR from 6-8:45 p.m. Central. 

Undergraduate Student Requirements
Undergraduate students wishing to obtain TESOL certification must meet the following requirements prior to enrolling in the course:

  • Be of junior standing
  • Completion of two semesters of a foreign language
  • Approval of the World Languages and Cultures department chair

Cultural Awareness Training (CAT) certification provides the necessary skills to build an effective workforce in an increasingly global and diverse business setting. The online program:

  • Draws on the idea that a global and multi-faceted workforce offers new perspectives, creative problem solving skills, and innovation in the workplace and the community at large.
  • Gives rising leaders new perspectives on how they view the world in order to create an inclusive and productive work environment.

The 3-credit course is offered during the spring term.

Undergraduate students enroll in WLC 422, and graduate students enroll in WLC 522.

In Spring 2023, WLC 422 and 522 will be offered (synchronous online) in Biterm II (March 10-May 1) on Mondays 6-8:45 p.m. Central.