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Online Graduate Certificate in TESOL

For those with prior teaching experience who are seeking an opportunity to build on and expand what they already know, the online graduate certificate in TESOL* can be an ideal option. This program invites you to explore contemporary standards and best practices for teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL), and the associated learnings can greatly enhance your impact in the classroom.

This compact program lets you focus on the skills needed to better teach English language learners (ELLs) of all backgrounds, and the coursework provides tools and insights that you can immediately put into practice. The online graduate certificate program is designed to be completed in less than a year, and select credits from this program may later be applied toward the online master's in TESOL program.

Earn your certificate in as few as 8 months


Application Deadline

April 23
Summer 2021 Term


Next Start

May 10
Summer 2021 Term


Application Deadline

August 6
Fall 2021 Term

Program Details

Program Details
  • 5 courses, 8 weeks per course, 15 credit hours
  • Complete in as few as 10 months
  • Opportunity to apply practical approaches grounded in pedagogical theory through interactions with children and youth in your own community
  • Learn from renowned faculty with extensively published research and diverse real-world experience
  • Create a working instructional portfolio that can be directly applied in your own classroom
  • Complete your coursework anytime, anywhere, through our innovative online format
  • No GRE required for admission
  • If admitted to the master's program in TESOL, these credit hours will count toward the degree

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What You'll Learn

In the online graduate certificate in TESOL program, you'll explore the theories and foundations of second language acquisition and focus on developing the skills and knowledge you need to teach and support English language learners. This program requires the completion of field experiences in the classroom.

For more detailed information on the topics covered in this program, view the course listings.

Career Outcomes

Educators who do not specialize in TESOL but wish to better serve students of all levels of English language mastery in their classrooms will gain the cultural awareness and learn the pedagogical theories to help students across the language barrier. This can improve the educational experience for students not just in their TESOL-focused classes but also in other classrooms, where a language barrier can be a frustrating impediment to desired learning outcomes. The skills and knowledge you'll develop in the online graduate certificate in TESOL program can be an asset at any school with a growing population of English language learners. This credential can demonstrate to current or prospective employers that you are dedicated to being the best instructor you can be.

Online Graduate Certificate in TESOL Course Descriptions

The online Graduate Certificate in TESOL requires students to complete 5 courses, worth a total of 15 credits, which can later be applied to the Master’s in TESOL. All courses listed are worth 3 credits.

C&T 807 – Multicultural Education

In order to provide the student with an understanding of multicultural education, the course will examine the effects of such issues as ethnicity in America, the melting pot theory, separatism, cultural pluralism, legal issues and bilingual education upon the curriculum and instruction in today’s classrooms. It will include an evaluation of materials for bias and stereotypes. Field experiences are a part of this course.

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C&T 820 – Methods of TESOL

The purpose of this course is to study the objectives and methods of ESL/bilingual education. Students will examine methods and techniques of teaching: listening, speaking, reading and writing in the ESL/bilingual education settings. The course will also emphasize the importance of culture in second language teaching, and self-evaluation of teaching and instructional materials.

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C&T 821 – Assessment in TESOL

This course provides an overview of diagnostic techniques and instruments used to identify and remediate specific learning difficulties associated with normal second language development in the area of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The course includes a review of research concerning assessment as it relates to error analysis in the second-language context.

C&T 822 – Second Language Acquisition for TESOL Educators

This course provides an intensive review of the theory and research base of second-language acquisition. Particular attention is given to the influence of research trends in linguistics and psychology on second-language education theory and practice. Current trends in second-language education are examined in light of the historical theory base.

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C&T 826 – Linguistic Analysis for TESOL Educators

This course offers pre- and in-service teachers the basic foundations of language analysis necessary for the teaching of second/foreign languages. The course covers basic linguistic topics common to all human languages (grammatical, phonological and semantic aspects) with the intent to help teachers understand and address common languages problems that students face when learning English as a second/foreign language.

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