The 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 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.
Graduate Certificate in TESOL
The Graduate Certificate in TESOL Program is open to students who have achieved at least a bachelor's degree, current AU graduate students, and AU undergraduate students with at least junior standing. All applicants must have a 3.0 GPA on previous undergraduate or graduate level coursework and should submit a statement of purpose with their application.
Undergraduate Certificate in TESOL
The Undergraduate Certificate in TESOL Program is available to currently enrolled undergraduate students at American University. Applicants should apply through the College of Arts and Sciences graduate admissions.