Teaching English To Speakers Of Other Languages, Graduate Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) is designed to provide students with a solid foundation in the structure and use of English language. The certificate offers teaching strategies, firmly grounded in research, theory, and practice, to instruct ESL/EFL (English as a Second Language/ English as a Foreign Language) to adults in the United States or internationally. Students have an opportunity to develop learning e-portfolios as part of their course work.  

Topics covered by the program include best practices in TESOL methodology through a combination of lecture, small group work, reflection, classroom observation, and a practicum that provides hands-on experience designing lessons, materials, and assessments. Whether students want to teach English abroad, work with immigrant adult populations in the United States, or teach English at the university level, this graduate certificate will provide them with an opportunity to gain a combination of theoretical and practical training to teach English to speakers of other languages in international contexts, community colleges, and within organizations devoted to adult English-language learners.

This certificate does not lead to Massachusetts licensure.

Special requirements:

  • The TESOL certificate program may be completed in two quarters and is offered 100 percent online.
  • Students have the option to complete the practicum component online or on-ground. 
  • The program has two start terms:  fall quarter and spring quarter. 

Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated.

Required Courses

EDU 6300Introduction to Language and Linguistics4
EDU 6534Bilingualism, Second Language, and Literacy Development4
EDU 6558Issues in Education1-4
EDU 6302Teaching, Learning, and Assessment: How English Is Learned and Used4
EDU 6312TESOL Practicum and Seminar5

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

18 total quarter hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required