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Online Graduate Certificate in TESOL at KU.

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Online Graduate Certificate in TESOL

For those with prior teaching experience who are seeking an opportunity to build on and expand what they already know, the online graduate certificate in TESOL* can be an ideal option. This program invites you to explore contemporary standards and best practices for teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL), and the associated learnings can greatly enhance your impact in the classroom.

This compact program lets you focus on the skills needed to better teach English language learners (ELLs) of all backgrounds, and the coursework provides tools and insights that you can immediately put into practice. The online graduate certificate program is designed to be completed in less than a year, and select credits from this program may later be applied toward the online master's in TESOL program. Disclosure information about the U.S. Department of Education Gainful Employment can be seen here.

Program Details
  • 5 courses, 8 weeks per course, 15 credit hours
  • Complete in as few as 10 months
  • Opportunity to apply practical approaches grounded in pedagogical theory through interactions with children and youth in your own community
  • Learn from renowned faculty with extensively published research and diverse real-world experience
  • Create a working instructional portfolio that can be directly applied in your own classroom
  • Complete your coursework anytime, anywhere, through our innovative online format
  • No GRE required for admission
  • If admitted to the master's program in TESOL, these credit hours will count toward the degree

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What You'll Learn

In the online graduate certificate in TESOL program, you'll explore the theories and foundations of second language acquisition and focus on developing the skills and knowledge you need to teach and support English language learners. This program requires the completion of field experiences in the classroom.

For more detailed information on the topics covered in this program, view the course listings.

Career Outcomes

Educators who do not specialize in TESOL but wish to better serve students of all levels of English language mastery in their classrooms will gain the cultural awareness and learn the pedagogical theories to help students across the language barrier. This can improve the educational experience for students not just in their TESOL-focused classes but also in other classrooms, where a language barrier can be a frustrating impediment to desired learning outcomes. The skills and knowledge you'll develop in the online graduate certificate in TESOL program can be an asset at any school with a growing population of English language learners. This credential can demonstrate to current or prospective employers that you are dedicated to being the best instructor you can be.

*This online graduate certificate does not lead to initial nor advanced licensure in TESOL in the state of Kansas.

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.

Note: In order to enroll in this program, a bachelor's degree is required. 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

August 9
Fall 2019 Term

Next Start

August 26
Fall 2019 Term


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