Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

The TESOL Certificate program is experiential, practical and hands-on. The five-class, 16-credit TESOL Certificate prepares students to teach English language learners (ELLs) of different ages and abilities.

Students learn the foundations of second language acquisition, effective techniques to teach multicultural multilingual learners, use of technology in the language classroom, and assessment and literacy for ELLs.

There is a growing need for teachers and para-educators trained in working with students whose primary language is not English.  The TESOL certificate trains prospective teachers to meet this growing demand for ELL teaching positions in the United States and overseas.  All classes are taught by professors who are trained, licensed and experienced TESOL teachers.

The TESOL Certificate program is open to both degree-seeking undergraduates and continuing education students.  Certificate credits may be applied to any undergraduate degree program.

Apply Now! An application and a $25 application fee is required. A minimum of high school graduation or satisfactory completion of a high school equivalency certificate (GED) is required for admission.

Certificates of Completion are issued by the Division of Online and Continuing Studies.  Transcripts with completion statements are issued by the Registrar’s Office. A maximum of two courses could be transferred in to fulfill Certificate requirements. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 in the Certificate is required. Students are advised by the Division of Online and Continuing Studies and by faculty in the Department of Languages and Linguistics. The TESOL Certificate does not lead to the New Hampshire Department of Education TESOL K-12 teaching license/endorsement.

The TESOL Certificate consists of the following courses (click on link for course description):