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

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 plus relevant state exams leads to eligibility for a TESOL endorsement from the state of Ohio.

The TESOL endorsement program includes courses in the departments of English, Global Languages and Cultures, and Teacher Education. As a student, you will analyze social, cultural, and psychological influences on second language learning and teaching, explore language as a system, learn how to serve as an advocate for ELLs, and gain competence in planning, teaching, and assessing in an ESOL classroom.

This program is housed in the School of Education and Health Sciences, whose educator preparation programs are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation.


  • Flexible options for completing the program: You can design a path to completion that fits your busy schedule. Online, face-to-face, and summer courses are available.
  • Options to earn a Master’s Degree: These 18 credit hours that are required for the endorsement program can be used as a part of a 30-credit interdisciplinary master of Science in Education and Health Sciences.
  • Career opportunities: According to a survey by the American Association for Employment in Education, P-12 school districts and teacher preparation programs are experiencing a shortage of individuals trained in TESOL, and employment opportunities exist in a variety of educational and business settings.

Required courses (18 credits)

  • EDT 539 Trends and Issues in Language Education (3 credit hours), offered online only during the fall semester.
  • ENG 594 Structure of English (3 credit hours), offered face-to-face during the fall & spring semesters; offered online during the summer Z term.
  • LNG 568 Introduction to Linguistics (3 credit hours), offered face-to-face during the fall & spring semesters; offered online during the summer Z term.
  • EDT 537 Second Language Learning and Teaching (3 credit hours), offered face-to-face during the fall semester & summer 1 term (hybrid); offered online during the fall semester.
  • ENG 541 TESOL Methods (3 credit hours), offered face-to-face during the spring semester; offered online during the spring semester.
  • EDT 540* Practicum in ESOL Instruction and Assessment (3 credit hours), offered online only during the spring semester.

Note: We anticipate this schedule being relatively stable, but changes are possible based on course enrollment or other factors. Please contact your adviser each semester for any updates or additional offerings.

*Prerequisite of all other TESOL endorsement courses or permission from instructor.

To learn more, visit our course catalog or the graduate checksheet.

Admission requirements

  • Licensure: Valid standard professional teaching license. 
  • GPA: 2.75 or higher undergraduate GPA OR successfully completed a prior master’s degree.
  • Test scores: If undergraduate 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).
  • Academic and professional background: Bachelor’s degree in any field; prior language study or experience in non-English speaking country strongly preferred; experience with international populations and education helpful.
  • English proficiency: Professional and academic proficiency in written English as demonstrated through application materials; additionally, if English is not a first language, prior degree from English-medium university OR minimum test scores as follows: TOEFL iBT – 94 (listening – 22, speaking – 26, reading – 22, writing – 24); IELTS – 7.0 (6.5+ for all subscores); exceptions considered for strong candidates whose scores approach these minimums.

For help with the application system, please contact Gina Seiter, graduate adviser. 

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.

Additional requirements apply for international students.

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