What does it cost?

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How long will it take?

The program can be completed in two semesters depending on how many courses a student chooses to take each semester.

Where will I take classes?
Online

ALL COURSES REQUIRED TO EARN THE DEGREE CAN BE COMPLETED ONLINE.

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

  • Fall: July 1
  • Spring: November 15
  • Summer: March 1

Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL), Graduate Certificate

The online TESOL graduate certificate prepares students to teach English as a second or foreign language. Teaching English as a second language has been an expanding field for decades and continues to show persistent growth in job and educational opportunities. Because people globally continue to be interested in learning English and because local and national governments, non-governmental organizations and corporations continue to support English language education, potential career growth remains strong.

The online TESOL certificate prepares you to:

  • Learn language teaching methodology and principles of second language acquisition.
  • Study the nature of language and the structure of English.
  • Gain insights into classroom teaching.

The TESOL Certificate is an entry-level credential for those who plan short-term stays overseas or who are interested in employment in schools for adults, private language institutes or nonprofit organizations that offer adult English language courses.

You will take five online courses to earn the certificate.

Program Details

In addition to the general requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Applied Linguistics and English as a Second Language have the following requirements:

  • A typed statement of professional and academic goals that is no more than three pages in length. This should detail your professional and academic goals and include a description of teaching experience, language study and cross-cultural experiences, if any.
  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • Transcripts (one from each institution attended).
  • For non-native speakers of English, official scores on the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System). Institutional code 5251 should be used to report test scores.

When applying, select TESOL: Graduate Certificate from the list of programs. The listing for Applied Linguistics: Non-Degree is not the certificate program.

Required foundational courses: 9 hours of the following courses

  • Approaches to Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language (AL 8450)
  • General Linguistics (AL 8240)
  • Practicum (AL 8900) , Classroom Practices (AL 8480), or International Internship (AL 8410)

Elective courses: 6 credit hours from the following courses

  • Second Language Acquisition (AL 8250)
  • Sound System of English (AL 8320)
  • English Grammar for ESL/EFL Teachers (AL 8460)

The online TESOL certificate prepares you to:

  • Learn language teaching methodology and principles of second language acquisition.
  • Study the nature of language and the structure of English.
  • Gain insights into classroom teaching.

Description

Careers

The Graduate TESOL Certificate Program prepares students to teach English as a second or foreign language. The TESOL field has been rapidly expanding since the 1970s and persistent growth in job and educational opportunities are expected to continue as English remains a worldwide Lingua Franca, with local and national governments, non-governmental organizations and corporations continuing to support English language education.

Contacts

Online Programs

Moisés Aguayo
Enrollment Coach
404-413-4393
online@gsu.edu

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Admissions and Curriculum Inquiries

Director of Graduate Studies
Dr. YouJin Kim
ykim39@gsu.edu
404-413-5200

Department of Applied Linguistics and ESL
25 Park Place NE
Room 1500 (15th floor)

25 Park Pl NE #2500
Atlanta, GA 30303

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