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

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 U.S. or internationally. Students have an opportunity to develop learning ePortfolios as part of their coursework.  

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 U.S., 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 includes both online and on-ground classes. The on-ground classes include a practicum component. 
  • The program has two start terms: fall quarter and spring quarter. 
  • Summer and winter courses require a residency component.

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