MSUB Extended Campus

Connecting the campus to the community

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Certificate Program*

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Are you interested in teaching English to speakers of other languages either in Montana or overseas?  As Billings and Montana increase international connections, more people will need and want English language proficiency.  This program will allow individuals to acquire the knowledge and pedagogical strategies unique to working with English Language Learners whether they live in Montana or are looking for a new adventure in an exotic location.  It features courses in language and culture, linguistics, second language acquisition and teaching/assessment methods.


Who Should Enroll
  • Current educators who have students whose first language is not English.
  • Educators who teach international students needing assistance learning English in order to read and understand the content area being taught.
  • Those who are interested in teaching in any setting, domestic or international, where the first language is not English.
Eligibility Requirements


Participants must have a Bachelor’s degree of higher.  Undergraduate students may be considered on a case by case basis (please consult with the Program Contact).  


Program Costs


Tuition and fees:

$2,971 (application received by 4/1/17)

$3,071 (application received by 5/1/17)


Additional costs may be incurred with course-related textbooks and/or materials, travel costs, housing, and food.


Financial Aid


Federal and State financial aid is not available, however, you may qualify for a private loan—visit FinAid!, The Smart Student Guide to Financial Aid.  MSUB payment plans may also be arranged and teachers who have Credit IV credit coupons may redeem them toward the program cost.


Earning the Certificate

To earn the certificate, students must enroll in and successfully pass each of the four courses with a minimum grade of 2.0 (C) per course and an overall four-course GPA of 3.0 (B). 


To Apply


Early Application to Apply: April 1, 2017

Final Application to Apply: May 1, 2017

  • Provide a copy of your transcripts documenting an Undergraduate degree.
  • Submit the completed Program Application

Send to:


Or by mail:

Extended Campus—TESOL Program

1500 University Drive, COE 114

Billings, MT 59101


M.ED. Interdisciplinary Studies Option


Program Structure

I.      Professional Core (6 credits)

II.     Professional Specialization (24 credits)

III.    Capstone (6 credits)


The 12 TESOL credits could be used to satisfy part of the “professional specialization” section.  Total minimum credits required for this Master’s degree is 36.  To learn more visit or email/call the Contact listed above.

Program Schedule


Summer 2017

EDCI 540: Language, Culture, and Pedagogy

LING 494: Linguistic Survey


Fall 2017

EDCI 541: Second Language Acquisition


Spring 2018

EDCI 542: Methods, Assessment Eval


All courses are hybrid:

  • Two to three mandatory face-to-face classes per course in Billings at MSUB
  • All other work will be done online

a teacher helping students


MSUB Program Faculty


Dr. Carol Lombard

Dr. Lombard is a part-time instructor at Montana State University Billings in the Department of English, Philosophy and Modern Languages.  Carol is a PhD graduate with specialization in linguistics and Research Fellow from the Unit for Language Facilitation and Empowerment at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein, South Africa.  She also holds a Master’s of Art degree with specialization in Sociolinguistics, an Honors Bachelor of Arts degree in General Linguistics, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Linguistics – all from the University of South Africa.


Dr. Elena Petroska

Currently Dr. Petroska is an MSU Billings adjunct faculty member who has taught a number of courses in the Department of English and Modern Languages in the College of Arts and Sciences. She is a tenured professor at the University of Ss. Cyril and Methodius in Skopje, Macedonia. Elena earned her Ph.D., Master’s of Arts, and Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of Ss. Cyril and Methodius in Skopje, Faculty of Philosophy, Department of Macedonian and South Slavic Languages in Skopje, Macedonia.


Dr. Anita Prabhakar

Dr. Prabhakar is teaching several courses in reading and writing English at Montana State University Billings.  Anita received her Doctor of Philosophy in curriculum and instruction with a specialization in TESOL from Barry University, Miami Shores, Florida.  Other degrees include Master of Philosophy in English Language Education from English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad, India, Master’s of Arts in English (TESOL) from Central Institute of English and Foreign Languages, Hyderabad, India, and Bachelor of Science in Botany, Zoology, and Chemistry from Osmania University College for Women, Hyderabad, India.


Dr. Deborah Schaffer

Professor of English at Montana State University Billings in the Department of English, Philosophy and Modern Languages, Dr. Schaffer teaches numerous courses in linguistics, composition, and literature.  Deborah received both her doctorate in Linguistics and Master’s of Arts in Linguistics from Ohio State University.  She received her Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics and French from the University of Rochester.


Contact Info

Laura Gittings-Carlson

Extended Campus