Graduate Certificate in TESL/TEFL

The courses for the Certificate are available on-line during the Summer semester.  Students wishing to complete the Certificate must apply for and be accepted into the Certificate Program. 

NB: If you already have an Indiana teaching license, you can add the ENL/ELL licensure by completing our Graduate Certificate in TESL/TEFL and the English Learners Core Content exam. Licensure will be for the level of your original license. 

Course Requirements

LING 601: English Syntax - 3 hrs. 
LING 520: Language Acquisition - 3 hrs. 
LING 613: Teaching English as a Second Language - 3 hrs. 
One Elective chosen from LING 513, LING 514, LING 515, LING 517, LING 621, and LING 792 - 3 hrs.

The Certificate can be earned during another graduate program by taking one of the courses each semester for 2 years, or it can be completed in 1 year by taking two courses each semester. These courses are also usually available online during the summer.

Applied Experience Requirement

This requirement is fulfilled by doing one of the following:

  1. 2 years study (or equivalent fluency) of a language that is not the student's native language
  2. Experience living in a culture that is not the student's native culture (3 months minimum)
  3. ESL/EFL teaching or cross-cultural experience (3 months minimum)

To Apply

Students should complete all of the steps required for admission to the Graduate Program, which includes:

  • a personal statement
  • a resume or curriculum vita
  • official transcripts
  • 3 letters of recommendation

These materials must be submitted to the Graduate Program application portal for consideration.