Develop your professional knowledge and skills in teaching English as a second language with USF’s TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) Certificate program.

The TESOL certificate program offers instructors of adult second language learners courses an in-depth exploration of the nature of language, culture, language assessment and teaching tactics. You will learn what it takes to provide English language instruction to individuals who are native speakers of another language. 

While the certificate is designed for teachers at every level of instruction, it has wide application. In professions as wide ranging as corporate training, human resources, emergency management, and more the TESOL certificate can be used outside the field of education. 

Admission Requirements

  • Application 
  • Admission essay
  • Official transcripts documenting the appropriate undergraduate degree and prerequisites from a regionally accredited institution
  • Verification of an undergraduate GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale unless noted otherwise
  • One (1) letter of recommendation

Adult TESOL Certificate (18 credit hours)

Required Courses*
MSED 631 Theoretical Foundations of Bilingual and ESL 4
MSED 634 Cross Cultural Studies for Teach. Limited English Proficient Students 3
MSED 636 Linguistics 4
MSED 653 Methods and Materials for Teaching Adult ELL’s 4
MSED 688 Assessment of the Adult ELL 3

*Some courses within the TESOL certificate may be substituted with the EEND equivalent course.

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