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Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Certificate

The TESOL Certificate Program:

  • Consists of an 18 credit-hour graduate-level curriculum 
  • For students from any academic or professional background with the fundamental skills necessary to the field of English language teaching
  • Presents candidates with a foundation in second language learning theories, English language structure, and practical instructional strategies based on TESOL standards 
  • May be completed in just 2-3 semesters 
  • Offers evening classes to accommodate students' busy schedules
  • Admits students on a rolling basis in Spring, Summer, and Fall Semesters
  • TESOL certificate courses can be taken concurrently with the ESL M.S. Ed. program or as a stand-alone post-bachelor's certificate

Graduates with a TESOL Certificate may find jobs in multiple fields, including:

  • ESL teaching in private schools in the U.S. 
  • EFL teaching in K-12 schools overseas
  • ESL teaching in language learning centers or university ESL classrooms both locally and internationally 
  • PhD programs in TESOL, Applied Linguistics, Linguistics, Education, and other related fields
  • Administration, curriculum development, research, and advocacy in educational organizations


Students who are pursuing the TESOL Certificate can complete the M.S. Ed. by taking 4 additional courses!

Most certificate programs and courses are not eligible for Federal Financial Aid. However, other sources of funding may be available. Options include: Private Education Loans; Veterans Benefits/ GI Bill (potential funding for Military veterans and dependents); Employer Education Assistance; Training Budgets and more. Please contact our Financial Aid office for more information.