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Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Certificate

The graduate TESOL certificate program is for individuals who already hold a bachelor’s degree in any field, including both current University of Dayton graduate students and non-students.  

This program prepares students to teach English as an additional language in post-secondary schools, adult education settings and private language institutes in the United States and abroad. It can also help pre- and in-service P-12 teachers gain competence in working with English language learners in their grade-level and content-area classrooms. However, the certificate alone does not qualify a teacher for TESOL endorsement from the State of Ohio.

Our TESOL certificate is available either in a traditional classroom setting or as a fully online program.  The online program is ideal for students unable to attend on campus class sessions or students for whom self-paced learning is more desirable.  For more information about our online TESOL certificate program, contact us.

Admission Requirements

For current University of Dayton graduate students, an internal electronic application process will be in place starting for the fall 2013 semester. You may register for a summer 2013 TESOL class, which will be applied to your TESOL program after your admission.

If you are not a current student, you will need to apply online to UD as a graduate student. That application will be available for the fall 2013 semester. If you wish to take a TESOL class during the summer 2013 term, you may register as a non-degree student through the adult education office. Non-degree students may take up to six credit hours that can later be transferred into their programs if they are formally admitted. For help with the registration system, please contact Ms. Gina Seiter.

What do I need to submit with my application?

Those who intend to apply for fall 2013 may wish to begin gathering the following materials to submit in addition to the online application:

  • Official transcripts from all prior undergraduate and graduate study.
  • One letter of recommendation from an employer, professor or another in a position to evaluate your professional and academic potential.
  • A statement of purpose that addresses your motivation for joining the program; your prior experience with language, international populations, education, and any other relevant areas; and your future career goals.
  • A résumé.
  • TOEFL iBT, IELTS, MAT or GRE score, as needed.

Applicants who already have a master’s degree from UD need only submit an online application and statement of purpose.

Academic Requirements

Program requirements for all areas of study can be found in the online Catalog.

Gainful Employment

As part of a new federal regulation focusing on Title IV programs, the University of Dayton is providing required information about how our non-degree programs lead to gainful employment in recognized careers. Download gainful employment information for the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Certificate program.