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Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

Online Graduate Certificate

The Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Graduate Certificate program is an 18-hour program designed to prepare both licensed and non-licensed teachers to work with English Language Learners in a variety of educational settings in the United States and internationally. All of the courses may be applied to the Master of Science in Teaching Degree with an emphasis in English for Speakers of Other Languages. Licensed teachers who successfully complete the ESOL endorsement courses and earn a passing score on the ESOL PRAXIS™ examination can earn a Pre-K through Grade 12 endorsement to the existing Kansas teaching license no matter the grade level of the initial license. The certificate itself does not lead to the initial teaching license.

Candidates do not have to know another language in order to be successful in this certificate program. The purpose of the program is to support candidates as they learn how to develop and differentiate curriculum, teach English while teaching the academic content, assess learning, and provide support for families. English speakers with an ESOL certificate are highly sought after by international English Language Institutions.

The ESOL certificate consists of 18 graduate credit hours. The candidates can begin the program in the Spring, Summer, or Fall semester. The Certificate courses can apply to the Master’s in ESOL program, and students can decide to move to the Master’s in ESOL at any time while in the certificate program or after completing it. The ESOL Graduate Certificate program is open to candidates outside of Kansas and internationally. Non-native English-speaking candidates must submit a passing TOEFL score of 79 or above at the time of application.

This program is completely online and is accredited by the Kansas State Department of Education and CAEP.

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About Graduate Certificate in ESOL

Below are the six ESOL Graduate Certificate courses (required for the endorsement) with the semesters offered:

  • TCHL 851 Multicultural Approaches to Diversity in the Classroom Summer (June)
  • TCHL 852 Advanced Culture and Language Acquisition for ELLs  Summer (July)
  • TCHL 853 Advanced Assessment and the English Language Learner Spring
  • TCHL 854 Advanced Methods and Instructional Materials for ELLs Fall
  • ENGL 714 Applied Linguistics for English for Speakers of Other Languages Summer (June)
  • TCHL 855 Advanced Practicum with ELLs Fall *

(* taken last; TCHL 854 can be a co-requisite, the rest are pre-requisites)

Career Options:

ESOL teaching is identified in Kansas, nationally and internationally as a high need field. Graduates with this certificate can be employed in a variety of settings:

  • Pre-school ESOL teacher in a Kansas public school (teaching license required)
  • Elementary ESOL teacher in a Kansas public school (teaching license required)
  • Middle level ESOL teacher in a Kansas public school (teaching license required)
  • Secondary ESOL teacher in a Kansas public school (teaching license required)
  • English Language Institutions in the US
  • English Language Institutions Internationally
  • Adult Education ESOL teacher

Additional information
for the Department of Teaching and Leadership

Catalog – see program guides