Online Graduate Certificate in TESOL

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Learn the methodology of teaching English. In this program, you will learn how to teach English through a study of linguistics, culture and community, grammar, and pronunciation.

Students who have or are pursuing Pennsylvania Instructional I certification may be eligible to receive an ESL Program Specialist (PK–12) certification with the completion of the coursework.

Fall 2021 graduate start date: August 30, 2021

At a glance

Program Credits


Standard Completion Time

2 yrs

Program Highlights

  • Program can be started in any semester and completed in as few as a year and a half.
  • 50% tuition discount for educators working in Christian schools.
  • Field experience integrated into all courses.
  • Students near campus can practice teaching English by volunteering at the University’s weekly Community English Language Program.

Typical Program Curriculum

Semester 21 Required Credits
Spring or Summer THE 601 or BIB 621
TSL 611
 Foundations of Teaching English Learners
Fall TSL 641 Linguistics and Language Learning
TSL 642 English Grammar and Pronunciation
Spring TSL 643 Advanced ESL Methods and Assessment
TSL 644 Language, Culture, and Community
 Summer or Fall TSL 692 ESL Practicum 


To enter the program, the candidate will:

To complete the program, the candidate will:

  • Successfully complete all required coursework with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Successfully complete all practicums and student teaching

For more information about the online Graduate Certificate in TESOL, email

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