Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Certificate Program

There are many opportunities for teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL).This UM-Dearborn certificate program is specifically designed for individuals seeking opportunities both locally or internationally and will prepare students with the requisite content knowledge and pedagogy to teach English to students or adults outside of the PK-12 public school system. Certificate holders may find careers with non-U.S. agencies/institutions in order to meet international needs to provide English instruction to their student populations. 

This certificate does not lead to state teacher certification or a state endorsement. For those interested in PK-12 certification, please refer to the ESL Endorsement.

The TESOL certificate program requires 15 graduate credit hours. All of the courses will prepare certificate students with the requisite content knowledge, pedagogy, and skills to teach non-native speakers of English.  

Time Limits

The program is designed so that students can complete their certificates in one calendar year (three semesters).  Students must complete the certificate program within three years from the date of first enrollment.

Admissions Requirements

All applicants must submit evidence of each of the following to the Office of Student Success along with a completed Post-Degree Application Form umdearborn.edu/cehhs/tesol/.

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution.
  • A 2.75 or higher grade point average (GPA is based on a 4.0).
  • An official transcript from college or university granting the undergraduate degree and one from each college or university attended.
  • Submit a completed Post-Degree Application Form and non-refundable $30.00 application fee (payable by check or money order to University of Michigan-Dearborn). This fee is waived for applicants who have previously paid an application fee to any University of Michigan campus.

Transfer of Credit

A student may transfer in up to six (6) credit hours of graduate credit from the University of Michigan-Dearborn or another accredited institution provided the credits have not previously been applied to another degree or certificate. Credit hours transferred from other institutions must be taken within 5 years before enrollment with a grade of B or better.

Minimum Grade Point

A cumulative grade point average of 2.75 is required for continuation in the program. Courses in which grades of D, E, or U are earned cannot be used to fulfill requirements. Students whose cumulative grade point average falls below a 2.75 will be placed on probation. Continued deficiencies will result in a required withdrawal from the program.

For more information, call 313-593-5090 or visit: umdearborn.edu/cehhs/tesol/

TESOL Requirements

EDA 555Lang,Clture,Litrcy&Power in Ed3
EDC 555Assmt: Sec Lang Learning K-122
EDD 547Tchng English as Second Lang3
EDD 548Pract: Tch Engl as Secnd Lang1
EDM 505TESOL Strategies3
EDM 510Teach Eng for Specific Purpose3
Total Credit Hours15

Some of the coursework is available online.