Graduate Certificate Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Graduate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

The Graduate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) is an 18-credit program designed with courses in three areas: linguistic theory, pedagogy (teaching methods), and practicum. With this balanced curriculum, students can prepare themselves for TESOL teaching in the United States or overseas. A full-time student can finish the program in an academic year or one academic year plus a summer session. Part-time students can move through the program at their own pace.


Students who complete the Graduate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages will be prepared to demonstrate “ASK”:

  1. Attitudes of a professional. Towards colleagues and students, Graduate TESOL Certificate holders will demonstrate teamwork and sensitivity. Towards the discipline, Graduate TESOL Certificate holders will demonstrate a spirit of inquiry and reflection. Towards the global community, Graduate TESOL Certificate holders will demonstrate cultural sensitivity and global citizenship.

  2. Skills at a proficient level in spoken and written communication, in information literacy, in academic or pedagogic research, and in teaching including materials development, lesson planning, or assessment.

  3. Knowledge at a proficient level of the major subfields of linguistics, the theories of second language acquisition, and the principles of language teaching methods.