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

The Department of Teacher Education offers the undergraduate certificate in teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) program. This program is an interdisciplinary program, drawing from courses in the departments of Teacher Education, English and Global Languages and Cultures. The program is designed for current University of Dayton students enrolled in any major. It prepares students to teach English as an additional language in postsecondary schools, adult education settings and private language institutes in the United States and abroad. It can also provide opportunities for preservice teacher education students to develop competence in working with English language learners in their grade level and content area classrooms.

The TESOL certificate 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, learn about the development of human language, explore the language as a system, study English grammatical structure, understand second language acquisition, and practice planning and teaching in an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classroom. 

It should be noted that the certificate alone does not meet the requirements for the TESOL endorsement from the state of Ohio; however, the certificate coursework will apply toward the TESOL endorsement program, which is offered at the post-baccalaureate level. 


  • Flexible options for completing the certificate: It is possible to complete the certificate in three semesters. You may enroll in two required courses simultaneously, and summer courses are offered.
  • Opportunities for education abroad.
  • Combining theory and practice: In addition to learning academically, you will gain hands-on experience with teaching English Language Learners.
  • Career opportunities: Teaching English outside of the U.S. is growing in importance, and employment opportunities exist in a variety of education and business settings. A TESOL certificate will give you the credential you need to live and work abroad. In addition, P-12 school districts and teacher preparation programs in the U.S. are experiencing a shortage of individuals trained in working with English learners in content area and grade-level classrooms.

Required courses (15 credits)

  • ENG 472 Structure of English (3 credit hours), offered face-to-face during the fall & spring semesters; offered online during the summer Z term.
  • LNG/ENG 468 Introduction to Linguistics (3 credit hours), offered face-to-face during the fall & spring semesters; offered online during the summer Z term.
  • EDT 437 Second Language Learning and Teaching (3 credit hours), offered face-to-face during the fall semester & summer 1 term (hybrid).
  • ENG 466 TESOL Methods (3 credit hours), offered face-to-face during the spring semester.
  • EDT 438* TESOL Practicum (3 credit hours), offered face-to-face during the fall & spring semesters.

Note: This general schedule is subject to change due to enrollment or other needs. Check with your adviser each semester for updates.

*Prerequisite of all other TESOL certificate courses or permission of instructor.

To learn more, visit our course catalog.

Admission requirements

Requirements for admission to UD’s undergraduate TESOL certificate program are as follows:

  • Current status as a University of Dayton undergraduate student.
  • GPA: 2.75 or higher undergraduate GPA.
  • Test scores: See item below for English proficiency requirements; no other test scores required.
  • Academic and professional background: Current UD undergraduate; any major; prior or concurrent language study 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 Carla Brockman, Department of Teacher Education. 

How do I apply?

Complete an application form online.

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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.