An Online TESOL Graduate Certificate for EFL, TEFL or ESL Teaching

The Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Graduate Certificate prepares you to teach either:

  • English as a Foreign Language (EFL / TEFL) in international settings, or
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) in domestic settings in adult education or other contexts in which a teaching license is not required.

You'll earn 16 credits via five courses, including one with an experiential component which will allow you to apply concepts and skills you've learned by working one-on-one with an English language learner. The certificate program  can be completed in two semesters as a full-time student, or longer if you are a working professional. This program is not associated with a teaching  license.

A Variety of Career Options

This internationally marketable certificate prepares you for employment in the high-demand field known as Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) or Teaching English as a Foreign or Second Language (EFL / TEFL / ESL). With this graduate certificate you have the flexibility to live and work overseas, or teach diverse populations in the U.S. in non-school based settings. 

A Premier Credential

There are various credentials related to teaching English to adult students. A graduate-level TESOL certificate from a respected research university like UNC is highly valued by employers, and is broadly useful in that it covers teaching in both the ESL and TEFL contexts.

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The TESOL graduate certificate consists of five courses. You can complete the program in one year or less by taking two courses per term, or can take one course per term and finish in 20 months if you want to pace your coursework around a busy schedule.

You can start any Fall, Spring or Summer term. The ECLD 610 course, which allows you to apply program knowledge while instructing English language learners, will be taken during your final semester.

Coursework (16 Credit Hours)

Required Courses (13 Credit Hours)

To see the upcoming courses, visit this program's Current Students page.

Elective Courses (3 Credit Hours)

TESOL as Part of a Master's Degree

For full details, see the official program listing in the UNC Graduate Catalog.

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