Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
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The Graduate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) program is an 18 hour program designed to certify that participants have specialized knowledge and skills in teaching non-native English speaking students from Pre-K through Grade 12. All of the courses may be applied to the Masters Degree in Teaching with an emphasis in English for Speakers of Other Languages. The certificate does NOT lead to an Initial Teaching License. Candidates with a valid teaching license can earn an ESOL endorsement. Financial Aid is available to qualified students  who  are enrolled  in 6 graduate  credit  hours  per  semester from the list of required courses. This program is completely online.

Ranked in the Top 25 Best Online Graduate Education Programs, according to U.S. News & World Report



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  • Credit hours
  • Total tuition = $7,020*
    ( $354 per credit hour + $36 electronic access fee) x 18 credits
    *Cost per credit hour and total tuition is based on 2019-2020 academic year tuition rates and assuming all coursework is completed online in the 2019-2020 academic year. Cost per credit hour and total tuition will vary if studies span over one or more academic year.

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  • Career Options

Candidates do not have to know another language in order to be successful in this certificate.  The purpose of the program is to support candidates as they learn how to develop and differentiate curriculum, teach English while teaching the academic content, assess learning, and provide support for families who are not Native English speakers.  Native English speakers with an ESOL certificate are highly sought after by international English Language Institutions.

The ESOL certificate consists of 18 graduate credit hours and can be completed in three semesters. These courses can apply to the Master of Science in Teaching with an emphasis in ESOL program.  This program is open to candidates outside of Kansas and internationally. Non-native English speaking candidates must submit a passing TOFEL score at the time of application.

ESOL teaching is identified in Kansas, nationally and internationally as a high need field.  Graduates with this certificate can be employed in a variety of settings:

  • Pre-school ESOL teacher in a KS public school (teaching license required)
  • Elementary ESOL teacher in a KS public school (teaching license required)
  • Middle level ESOL teacher in a KS public school (teaching license required)
  • Secondary ESOL teacher in a KS public school (teaching license required)
  • English Language Institutions in the US
  • English Language Institutions Internationally
  • Adult Education ESOL teacher

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The department offers Alternative Teaching Licensure programs in Special Education and Secondary Education. Certificates that lead to an endorsement to a teaching license in a variety of educational areas are available.

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