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Graduate Certificate in TESOL

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The Graduate Certificate in TESOL Program is open to individuals from any academic discipline interested in teaching English to speakers of other languages. This program provides a sound theoretical foundation combined with the practical classroom experience necessary to pursue teaching opportunities in the United States or abroad. Faculty members draw on a wealth of teaching expertise, diverse research interests and cross-cultural experiences. TESOL certificate students have diverse backgrounds and bring a wide range of experiences to the classroom.

Courses are available on either a part-time or full-time basis. During the academic year, classes meet in the evening to accommodate our students' busy schedules. During the summer, TESOL classes are offered in a hybrid format of online and face to face class meetings. Students can earn up to 9 credits towards a Graduate Certificate during the AU Summer TESOL Institute. All certificate courses can be applied towards the MA in TESOL degree. This program is not designed for K-12 ESOL certification.

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

Offered by the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) program, College of Arts and Sciences.

Admission to the Program

A grade point average of 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) is required. Applicants whose native or first language is not English must demonstrate proof of language proficiency by submitting satisfactory results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The minimum TOEFL score for full admissions consideration is 100 on the internet-based test (iBT) or 600 on the paper-based test.

Certificate Requirements

  • 15 credit hours of approved coursework with grades of B or better. Grades of B- or lower are not accepted toward the fulfillment of this certificate's requirements, although these grades will be included in the calculation of the GPA. Students must have at least a 3.0 GPA in certificate courses in order to be awarded a certificate. Students in certificate programs must take a minimum of 6 credit hours during each 12-month period and complete the certificate in four years. International students must enroll in 9 credit hours each semester (except for summer). A maximum of 3 credit hours earned at an accredited college or university may be applied toward the certificate as transfer credit

Note: This program is not designed for K-12 ESOL licensure

Course Requirements