Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

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  • Application requirements: Online application, official transcripts for undergraduate and (if applicable) graduate degrees, minimum GPA of 2.75
  • Deadline(s): April 15 deadline for summer start, July 15 for fall start and Dec. 15 for spring start
  • Course Requirements: 4 courses (12credits)
  • Typical Course Load: Fall (1-2 courses), Spring (1-2 courses), Summer (1-2 courses)
  • Time to Completion: 1 year
  • Alumni Current Positions: Our graduates are typically teachers who work for overseas private language schools or public schools but many also teach at universities, international schools or large companies

The TESOL certificate program is for individuals who wish to teach English to non-native speakers but who do not need the English as a Second Language certification required to teach ESL in U.S. public schools. 

Typically, those seeking a TESOL certificate are looking to improve their ability to communicate with diverse groups of people in their jobs and communities or desire to teach English abroad. This program focuses on how individuals learn language and how to support them as they acquire English, whether it be in adult education classes, schools overseas or other settings. 

To earn the TESOL certificate, students take four courses for 12 credits, with a mix of in-person and online classes. Students can complete the certificate in two semesters. 

Those wishing to apply should complete the online application and send their official undergraduate and (if applicable) graduate transcripts. A minimum grade point average of 2.75 is required for undergraduate work. 

Students may begin in any semester with an April 15 deadline for a summer start, July 15 for a fall start and Dec. 15 for a spring start. 

Curriculum

You will choose three courses from the list below plus an additional approved elective course. 

    COURSE NUMBER COURSE NAME CREDITS
    EDUC 391 Educational Linguistics 3
    EDUC 419 Second Language Acquisition 3
    EDUC 420 Contemporary Issues in English Language Learner Education 3
    EDUC 422 Pedagogy for Second Language Learning 3
    EDUC 423 Curriculum and Materials Design for English Language Learners 3

    Course descriptions can be found in the course catalog.

    NOTE: If you are working on your Lehigh Certificate and plan to enroll as a Master's student you must first apply (and be offered acceptance) to become a Master's student in the College of Education. 

    Certificate Program Form

    Upon completion of your certificate program, you are required to complete this form.  By doing so, your certificate will appear on your Lehigh transcript and you will receive a formal certificate.

    Application Requirements & Deadlines