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TESOL Graduate Certification @ KU Online

For non-native speakers, learning English can often be a difficult and frustrating process, but it doesn't have to be. A caring, compassionate and committed educator with the right teaching techniques, a far-reaching cultural awareness, and a thorough understanding of pedagogical theories and best practices can make all the difference in a student's ability to learn the English language and their life overall.

Now, the online Graduate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) at the University of Kansas helps to prepare educators to clear the language barrier for their students. Our graduate certificate helps students from many culturally diverse backgrounds to succeed in early childhood, K-12 or adult education classrooms. Disclosure information about the U.S. Department of Education Gainful Employment Program can be seen here.

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.

Program Benefits
  • Top 10 Best Education School (among public universities)1
  • Top 20 in Curriculum and Instruction1
  • Top 30 Best Online Education Graduate Program2
  • Complete your course work anytime, anywhere through our innovative online format
  • Graduate in as few as ten months
  • Practitioner faculty with research and educational experience
  • Submit your application with no GRE requirement for admission into the program
  • Accredited under NCATE standards through CAEP
  • Students can apply 9 credits from their certificate to the Master’s in TESOL program after admission
Program Structure

5 classes, 8 weeks per course, 15 credits

Time to completion: as few as ten months

Admissions Requirements

Before applying to the program, we recommend that you review our application checklist and guide, or contact an Admissions Advisor at 855-639-7799 or

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

  • Official transcript(s) for all undergraduate and postbaccalaureate 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.

What You Will Learn

With courses that address language acquisition, intercultural awareness, and curriculum and instruction techniques for English as a second language students, our TESOL graduate certificate is designed to prepare caring, committed and competent educators, helping them to:

  • Develop numerous learning techniques to improve language acquisition outcomes
  • Enhance their practices in the classroom with a firm pedagogical understanding
  • Teach students to communicate effectively, in spoken or written English
  • Diagnose and remediate their students’ language difficulties
  • Train non-native-English-speaking students to monitor their use of language

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The University of Kansas is committed to educating the future’s leaders, building connected communities and making discoveries with the potential to change the world. The KU School of Education brings this mission and our rich academic traditions into the online environment. Our faculty are at the cutting edge of teaching, research and practice, striving to enhance the overall quality of instruction across many different subject areas and educational settings.

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After Graduation

For professionals who already have or do not require a master’s degree, the Graduate Certificate in TESOL aims to prepare English language instructors, ESL/EFL teachers, program administrators and other education professionals to help non-native-English-speaking students excel in the classroom.

If you want to help advance your school and career, our graduate certificate offers educators a strong grasp of how language acquisition works, how a student’s cultural background can affect their learning ability and how to assess a student’s linguistic prowess and diagnose their difficulties.

Note: This program is not intended for initial teacher licensure or TESOL licensure endorsement.

No program can guarantee licensure. It is each student’s responsibility to determine the licensure requirements in his or her state and to apply for the licenses or endorsements necessary to his or her career goals. Our department staff and Licensure Officer can provide individual support during the application process to help you understand your state’s requirements.

Important Dates

Application Deadline

April 26
Summer 2019 Term

Next Start

May 13
Summer 2019 Term

Application Deadline

August 9
Fall 2019 Term


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