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TESOL Graduate Certificate

About the Program

Program Overview

Location: Asynchronous, Online

Non-Degree Option

12 Hours of Graduate Coursework

App Deadline: Jan. 1, May 1, Aug. 1

Prerequisites: None

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A TESOL instructor with a student in China.


The online Certificate Program in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) is a non-degree option that prepares students to teach English to non-native speakers in a variety of contexts ranging from overseas instruction to community college instruction to language support in community settings.

The program is well-suited for both those who have a background in education as well as those who wish to make a career change and move into an exciting and diverse field. The topics covered are governed by the guidelines established by the TESOL International Association.

The program enables students to analyze the linguistic components of English- syntax, morphology, semantics, pragmatics, phonology, phonetics, and discourse. Students also cover sociolinguistic questions concerning the relationship of language to culture and issues related to dialects and varieties of English. In addition, students will study language acquisition and have opportunities to apply theoretical insight to the practical task of designing and implementing lesson plans and courses of study.

Expected Outcomes

By the end of the certificate program, students will be able to:

  • Comprehend theories in ESL methodology, second language acquisition, English grammar, and linguistics that inform the Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages.
  • Develop pedagogically appropriate teaching materials for second language teaching context(s)
  • Examine sociocultural and policy-related aspects of second language learning
  • Assess student speaking, listening, reading and writing in second language learning context(s)

Program Requirements

A student who selects the TESOL Certificate Program must successfully complete the following 15 hours of graduate coursework in TESOL: 

  • ENGL 615 - Linguistic Perspectives, Credits: 3
  • ENGL 625 - Applied Phonetics and Pronunciation Teaching, Credits: 3
  • ENGL 626 - Integrated TESOL Methods, Credits: 3
  • ENGL 635 - Teaching Grammar, Reading and Writing to ESL Students, Credits: 3

Master of Arts in Teaching, TESOL Concentration

If you already have a bachelor’s degree and would like to teach TESOL, the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) allows you to earn an advanced degree and a teaching license at the same time.

Learn More about the Comprehensive MAT TESOL concentration 

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