Program Description: A graduate certificate in teaching English to speakers of other languages is recognized worldwide as the entry-level qualification to the English language teaching profession. It is less of a commitment than a full TESL master's degree, but is comprised of accredited coursework that is transferrable later to a graduate degree, if needed. The program is ideal for domestic or international educators who seek knowledge of focused language instruction. No prior training in language teaching or linguistics is required. The program is also perfect for recent graduates in disciplines such as English, linguistics, literature, education, or world languages who wish to have recognition for preparation in the field of teaching English to speakers of other languages as a complement their main degree. The certificate could also serve retirees and those seeking career opportunities to explore teaching careers in the U.S. or abroad.

Admission Requirements to the Graduate Certificate Programs: In addition to meeting university requirements for admission to the Graduate School as a non-degree seeking, but certificate-seeking student as well as application requirements of the Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages (TESL) graduate program, which includes:

  • A completed bachelor’s degree at an accredited institution.

  • An earned 3.00 GPA on the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework.

  • An earned 3.00 or above on all TESL coursework completed prior to admission to the graduate certificate.

Graduate Certificate in TESL: The graduate certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages recognizes students who take a concentrated core of courses, 15 hours, focused on second language acquisition, second language methods, second language assessment, teaching people of other cultures, professionalism, English learner parent family engagement, and program design for PK-12 English Learners. Students who earn this certificate have a working knowledge of appropriate programming and are able to apply appropriate teaching and assessment methodology for English learners in PK-16.

A Graduate Certificate in TESL is recognized worldwide as the entry-level qualification to the English language teaching profession. It is less of a commitment than a full TESL Master's degree, but is comprised of accredited coursework that is transferrable later to a graduate degree, if needed. The program is ideal for domestic or international educators who seek knowledge of focused language instruction. No prior training in language teaching or linguistics is required. The program is also perfect for recent graduates in disciplines such as English, Linguistics, Literature, Education, or Foreign Languages who wish to have recognition for preparation in the field of TESL to complement their main degree. The certificate could also serve retirees and those seeking career opportunities to explore teaching careers in the U.S. or abroad.

TESL Certificate requirements:

CIED 5923Second Language Acquisition3
CIED 5933Second Language Methodologies3
CIED 5943Teaching People of Other Cultures3
CIED 5953Second Language Assessment3
CIED 599VSpecial Topics3
or CIED 6193 Teaching English Language Learners in the Content Areas
Total Hours15