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What does it cost?

Learn more about the cost of an online graduate certificate, or use Georgia State’s Cost Calculator to get an idea of the investment required for your path of study. For information on how to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and to determine eligibility, visit the FAFSA tips page.

Georgia State is dedicated to providing affordable and accessible programs for all prospective students because we value the investment each student makes in their education. We understand that the path to a student’s future shouldn’t be blocked due to finances and we pride ourselves on offering financial assistance and scholarships that can support students through their education.

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.

All required classes to earn a certificate can be completed online.

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

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

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

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Director of Graduate Studies
Dr. YouJin Kim
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404-413-5200

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 has 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)

For up-to-date curriculum requirements, please visit the catalog.

Affording Your Online Graduate Certificate
Georgia State is dedicated to providing affordable and accessible programs for all prospective students because we value the investment each student makes in their education. We understand that the path to a student’s future shouldn’t be blocked due to finances, and we pride ourselves on offering financial assistance and scholarships that can support students through their education.

Learn more about the cost of an online graduate certificate, or use Georgia State’s Cost Calculator to get an idea of the investment required for your path of study.

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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

Admissions and Curriculum Inquiries

Director of Graduate Studies
Dr. YouJin Kim
[email protected]
404-413-5200

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

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Atlanta, GA 30303

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