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

This online-only program will equip students with the knowledge and training necessary to teach the English language to children and adults whose first (native) language is not English. Students must possess an undergraduate degree from an accredited university to be eligible for the program.

The program is designed for students who do not plan to pursue state teacher certification and who wish to teach English in an educational organization other than the public school system. These organizations include private schools, private businesses, government agencies, and community-based programs. There is a growing need in Louisiana as well as nationally for English teachers to serve in these educational settings; the Graduate Certificate in TESOL is designed to help meet that need.

The certificate program will consist of 15 hours--five courses; three semester hours each--which can be completed in one academic year. Several elective courses are also available. If the student desires, one or more of these courses can be completed to gain additional knowledge and training in various aspects of TESOL, such as language proficiency testing.

All of the courses in the TESOL graduate certificate program are conducted online; Northwestern State University is a leader in Internet-based education at the postsecondary level.

For more information on the program, contact the Department of Language and Communication at Northwestern State University. Phone: 318-357-6272.