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 fully online and is specifically designed for individuals seeking opportunities both locally or internationally. The certificate 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. 

The university’s academic policies for graduate students apply.

Admissions Requirements

  • 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.

Program Requirements

EDA 555Lang,Clture,Litrcy&Power in Ed3
EDC 555Assessment for Second Language Learning PreK-123
EDC 590Litrcy Instr & Assess for Els3
EDD 549Tchng English as Second Lang3
LING 576Sociolinguistics3
or LING 574 Second Lang Acquisition: Engl
Total Credit Hours15