The Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) specialization can be completed either as a stand-alone certificate or concurrently with a Master's of Teaching Foreign Languages (MATFL).

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)


The Professional TESOL Certificate

The stand-alone TESOL Certificate consists of 17 graduate credits. As the coursework is quite rigorous, we often recommend that the certificate be completed over two semesters (Fall and Spring), although it is possible to do the certificate in one intensive semester.

The stand-alone TESOL Certificate consists of the following selected TESOL courses:

  • Language Analysis, 3 credits

  • Principles and Practices, 3 credits

  • Curriculum Design, 3 credits

  • Sociolinguistics, 3 credits

  • Structure of English, 3 credits

  • Electives, 2 credits

Total: 17 credits

Electives may include courses such as Teaching of Reading, Teaching of Writing, and any of our courses offered in the specializations of Computer-Assisted Language Learning or Language Program Administration.


The Master's Degree TESOL Specialization

Students pursuing a MA in TFL may also choose to add a TESOL specialization to their coursework, so that they may also be eligible to teach English.

Interested students take the following classes in addition to their degree requirements:

  • Applied Linguistics Research, 2 credits

  • Structure of English, 3 credits

  • Second Language Acquisition, 1 credit Directed Study

  • Language Assessment, 1 credit Directed Study

  • Curriculum Design, 1 credit Directed Study

  • Sociolinguistics, 1 credit Directed Study

  • Electives, 5 credits

Total: 14 credits

The Directed Study units are typically taken after completing the course of the same name. The student will then do a course project focused on English. For example, a TFL student teaching French will work on a French language curriculum in Curriculum Design. As their TESOL Directed Study unit in Curriculum Design, they will then design an English language curriculum.