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

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Credits Required for Graduation 18
Entry Terms Fall Quarter, Spring Quarter
Meets International Visa Requirements No


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 is offered 100% online only.
  • Students complete the practicum component online. 
  • The program has two start terms:  fall quarter and spring quarter. 



Please note: Students who started this program prior to Fall 2017 should follow the curriculum reflected on their DegreeWorks audits via the self-service tab of their myNEU portal.  Please consult your advisor with any questions.

Required Courses (18 q.h.)

EDU 6300 Introduction to Language and Linguistics: How English Is Structured and Used 4 q.h.
EDU 6534 Bilingualism, Second Language and Literacy Development  4 q.h. 
EDU 6558 Issues in Education 1 q.h. 
EDU 6302 Teaching, Learning, and Assessment: How English Is Learned and Used 4 q.h.
EDU 6312 TESOL Practicum and Seminar 5 q.h.


Required minimum credit hours: 18 q.h.


Admissions Requirements

Below are the official Admissions Requirements for this program.

  • Online application
  • Statement of purpose (500-1000 words): identifying your educational goals and expectations from the program; please be aware that the University's academic policy on plagiarism applies to applicant's statement of purpose
  • Professional resume: Current resume that displays job responsibilities, relevant experience, and education history
  • Official undergraduate degree documentation
  • Proof of English language proficiency: ONLY for students for whom English is not their primary language: English language proficiency guidelines
  • Website Transcript Copy: To submit and complete your application you are able to upload your unofficial transcript directly to your online application. It can be uploaded in PDF format directly to the online application. Please ensure that the scanned documents are readable and include all courses, grades, (i.e. marks, scores, etc.) and credits completed to date. The scanned documents should also include information pertaining to the institution's grading scale. If accepted, you will additionally need to provide your official transcript. In order for a transcript to be "official," it must be in a sealed envelope from the transferring college or university.

For general admissions information and recommended admissions deadlines, Graduate Admissions.

All requirements must be received prior to review.


Estimated total tuition for this program is $9,936.00.

Tuition for individual courses is based on the number of quarter hours. Most courses are 3-6 quarter hours. See Graduate Tuition Rates for details.

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Please note: The estimated total tuition is based on tuition rates for Academic Year 2017-18 and does not include any fees or other expenses. Some courses and labs have tuition rates that may increase or decrease total tuition. Tuition and fees are subject to revision by the president and Board of Trustees at any time.

*A maximum of 9 quarter hours of graduate- or doctoral-level credit obtained at another institution may be awarded as Advanced Graduate Credit to the Doctor of Education program.

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