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Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Graduate Certificate

Offered through: College of Graduate Studies 

The Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Graduate Certificate program is designed to provide linguistic and pedagogical instruction to teachers of students whose first language is not English. 

This program is ideal for those individuals who plan to teach English abroad, in U.S. colleges, community groups and organizations, or in international schools. The program will provide needed support to instructors working with adult learners of English in area community programs and to instructors already teaching introductory writing courses at area institutions of higher learning, where an increasingly diverse population of students requires educators to have skills in teaching reading and writing to students learning English as an additional language.

The TESOL Graduate Certificate program is also an ideal program for professional development of public school teachers and will provide a solid preparation for the MTEL® (Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure) in English as a Second Language.

For more information, please contact Dr. Ken Dobush, Department of Special Education.

This graduate certificate program will, therefore, provide much-needed theory, practices, and strategies for preparing teachers to work with linguistically diverse populations in various educational environments.

The program is interdisciplinary with course offerings in the Department of English and the College of Education and Health Sciences, and it offers high-quality courses in linguistics and TESOL.

For updated information about this certificate program, including its curriculum and requirements, prospective students should contact Dr. Julia Stakhnevich at jstakhnevich@bridgew.edu or Dr. Ken Dobush at kdobush@bridgew.edu.

Admission Requirements

1. All applicants to graduate certificate programs will complete the standard graduate school application forms which are common to all certificate programs. A bachelor’s degree is required for admission to all graduate certificate programs. Since admission to graduate certificate programs are on a rolling basis, students may apply at any time. 

2. In addition to a completed application, every applicant should submit the following:

     a.) an official college transcript of the completed baccalaureate degree with a
          cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 2.8
     b.) an official college transcript of graduate course work (if applicable)
     c.) a short essay on the value of the graduate certificate program for the applicant
     d.) one appropriate letter of recommendation from an academic or professional

Program of Study

Total minimum credits: 12


Students who have been admitted and completed the BSU TESOL Graduate Certificate are permitted to transfer four (4) courses or up to 12 credits into the Master of Teaching in TESOL with the permission of the Graduate Coordinator, providing that the courses completed meet the course requirements for the Master of Teaching in TESOL.