Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language Graduate Certificate


Indiana State University offers an online graduate certificate preparing individuals to teach English as a second language (TESL) or English as a foreign language (TEFL). The TESL/TEFL certificate is widely recognized as the first level of qualification in teaching English as a second/foreign language. Graduates are eligible to teach in a variety of settings in the U.S. and other countries.

  • The online ESL Teaching Certificate is a 12-credit-hour program, the courses for which can be completed entirely online.  An applied experience component is also required.
  • Students wishing to complete the Certificate must apply for and be accepted into the Certificate Program.
  • Courses in the certificate program are offered online during the Fall, Spring, and Summer. Classes are also offered face-to-face in the Spring and Fall. Courses are offered on a rotational basis. Students should work with their advisor to plan a program of study. Only two classes are typically offered in the Summer.
  • This certificate may be used to add English Language Learner certification to an existing teaching license in the state of Indiana following successful passage of the current ESL licensing exam. Coverage is at the level of the original license.
  • Potential students seeking licensing in other states in the US should check with that state's educational licensing authorities on their requirements.
  • This Certificate Program is open to eligible students in the U.S. (including the District of Columbia and all U.S. territories). The program is closed to students residing in countries other than the U.S. except for U.S. military and State Department personnel and their family members with APO/FPO addresses.
  • See the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics website for further information.

Required Courses

Financial Aid & Assistance

Graduate students may be eligible for federal student loans if they are admitted into graduate degrees (or first-time teacher certification programs) and meet other eligibility requirements. Certificate programs are not eligible for financial aid. Private alternative loans can help students pay college expenses that may not be covered by federal loan programs or other financial aid. For more information, visit financial aid.

In addition, students may be eligible for payment plans and veterans benefits.

Further Information

For further information and assistance, contact:

College of Graduate and Professional Studies
Indiana State University
(812) 237-3005


The Graduate Catalog and Undergraduate Catalog of Indiana State University are the documents of authority for all students. The requirements given in the catalogs supersede information issued by any academic department, program, college, or school. The University reserves the right to change the requirements at any time.



College of Graduate and Professional Studies
Indiana State University
(812) 237-3005