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The graduate TESOL endorsement program is for P-12 teachers who hold a standard Ohio teaching license in any subject.

This program prepares teachers to serve English language learners effectively as content-area and grade-level classroom teachers or as ESOL specialists. Completion of the endorsement program leads to eligibility for a TESOL endorsement from the state of Ohio.

Admission Requirements

Individuals who wish to be considered for the TESOL endorsement program will need to apply online to UD as a graduate student. For help with the registration system, please contact Ms. Gina Seiter.

Admission criteria include the following:

  • An undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or better and a GPA from any prior graduate study of 3.0 or better; if GPA is below 2.75, one of following: MAT – raw score 40+/scaled score 396+; GRE scaled scores of 149+ (verbal) and 4.0+ (analytical writing)
  • Bachelor’s degree and standard teaching license
  • Proficiency in professional written English as demonstrated through statement of purpose; additionally, if English is not a first language and applicant does not have a prior degree from an English-medium university, one of the following: TOEFL iBT – 94 (listening – 22, speaking – 26, reading – 22, writing – 24); IELTS – 7.0 (6.5+ for all subscores); exceptions will be considered for strong candidates whose scores approach these minimums
  • Prior language study or experience in non-English speaking country strongly preferred; experience with international populations and education helpful

The application requires the following  materials:

  • Official transcripts from all prior undergraduate and graduate study.
  • One letter of recommendation from an employer, a 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 for all programs 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. Browse gainful employment information for the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Endorsement program.