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Are you interested in teaching English to speakers of other languages? 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. It features highly qualified instructors teaching courses in language and culture, linguistics, second language acquisition and teaching/assessment methods.

You may also elect to take ONLY one or more of these courses and not earn the Certificate.  To learn more call 406-896-5890.

Accelerated Program:  This certification is quickly attainable through the completion of four courses, 12 credits, taken over one year during three terms (summer, fall, spring).

Unique Certificate:  The only 12-credit TESOL certificate program in Montana. Students are part of a year-long cohort, allowing for a supportive environment both in person and online. All credits earned may be built into a plan of study for the Master of Education (M.Ed.) Interdisciplinary Studies.

Accessible Format:  Courses are hybrid (both online and face-to-face). Face-to-face sessions occur on Friday and Saturdays during the summer and Saturdays during fall and spring allowing busy working professionals to participate.

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. Or 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 or higher.  Undergraduate students may be considered on a case by case basis (consult with the Program Coordinator). 

Program Costs

Tuition and fees:

$2,921 (application received by 5/1/17)

Paid in three separate payments: 

Summer = $1,401.80 (can be broken into two payments paid in June and July of 2017 – call 406-896-5890 to learn more)

Fall = $759.80

Spring = $759.80

$3,021 (application received after 5/1/17 and before 5/29/17)

Summer = $1,451.80 (can be broken into two payments paid in June and July of 2017– call 406-896-5890 to learn more)

Fall = $784.80

Spring = $784.80

Additional costs may be incurred with course-related textbooks and/or materials. Traveling and housing costs will be incurred for out-of-town students. Meals are not included. (MSUB Housing and meals plans will be available for an additional cost.) 

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 29, 2017

  • Provide a copy of your transcript documenting an Undergraduate degree.
  • Submit the completed Program Application (including one-page paper)

Send to: 

Dr. Anita Prabhakar, Program Coordinator



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 www.msubillings.edu/grad or email/call the Contact listed above.

Program Schedule

This is a hybrid program; some work will be done face-to-face at MSU Billings and some online. All face-to-face sessions are from 9 am to 4 pm and are mandatory to successfully completing the certificate program.


EDCI 554 Language, Culture & Pedagogy

June 9- August 4, 2017 (8 weeks)

-Face-to-face Sessions: June 9, July 7, Aug. 4

LING 494 Linguistic Survey

June 10 - August 5, 2017 (8 weeks)

-Face-to-face Sessions: June 10, July 8, Aug. 5


EDCI 555 Second Language Acquisition

September 9 - November 4, 2017 (8 weeks)

-Face-to-face Sessions: Sept. 9, Oct. 7, Nov. 4


EDCI 556 Methods, Assessment & Eval

February 17- April 28, 2018 (10 weeks)

-Face-to-face Sessions: Feb. 17, Mar. 24, Apr. 28

You may also elect to take ONLY one or more of these courses and not earn the Certificate.  To learn more call 406-896-5890.

MSUB Program Faculty

Dr. Carol Lombard

Dr. Carol Lombard obtained her PhD in Linguistics from the University of the Free State (UFS) in Bloemfontein, South Africa, and earned her Master’s degree in Sociolinguistics and Honors Bachelor’s degree in General Linguistics from the University of South Africa in Pretoria. She is a Research Fellow at UFS and an adjunct faculty member at Montana State University-Billings. Dr. Lombard’s work focuses on the complex and multi-faceted relationship between language and culture, and she has carried out extensive ethnographic research in onomastics (the study of names). In addition to her pursuits in sociolinguistics, Dr. Lombard maintains a special interest in forensic and cognitive linguistics.

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.

Contact Info

Extended Campus