The online Graduate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) helps to prepare educators to clear the language barrier for their students.  This certificate program helps instructors of students from many culturally diverse backgrounds to succeed in early childhood, K-12 or adult education classrooms.

Note:  This program does not provide instruction in speaking English.  It prepares educators to teach English to speakers of other languages and is not an English language program for second or other language learners.

Admissions Requirements

In addition to a completed online application, applicants also need to provide:

  • Official transcript(s) for all undergraduate and post-baccalaureate course work, showing a GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Resume or curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Statement of goals/purpose
  • Application fee of $35

Please note: Letters of recommendation are not required for the TESOL graduate certificate.

For students whose first language is not English, official scores on the TOEFL of at least 92 total (IBT) with subscale scores of at least 23 in all areas must be submitted for consideration of admission to the Curriculum and Teaching Department. The IELTS official score is also accepted, with an overall score of at least 7.0, and no section score lower than 7.0. The PTE Academic official score is also accepted, with an overall score of at least 65.  The TOEFL, IELTS or PTE scores must have been achieved not more than two years prior to the semester of first enrollment. TOEFL/IELTS/PTE scores may not be required if the applicant provides official documentation of graduation with a baccalaureate degree (or higher) earned in residence from an accredited English-medium U.S. college or university or a college or university in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, English-speaking province of Canada, or an English-speaking Caribbean country, with instruction conducted in English.

Please note: Meeting minimum admission standards does not guarantee admission to the program.

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Courses required for Graduate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) (15 credit hours)

C&T 807Multicultural Education3
C&T 820Methods of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)3
C&T 821Assessment in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)3
C&T 822Second Language Acquisition for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Educators (TESOL)3
C&T 826Linguistic Analysis for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Educators (TESOL)3

Kansas educators interested in an endorsement in TESOL take an additional course for a total of 18 credit hours:

C&T 825Advanced Practicum in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)3