Possess the knowledge and skills necessary to be an effective ELL, ESL or TESOL educator.
Be prepared to teach English to speakers of other languages. Serve culturally diverse
students in K-12 schools, adult education programs, and university intensive English
programs in the U.S. and internationally. UND's online TESOL certificate prepares
professional teachers to enter this growing field and help students with the challenges
of learning English.
Certificate - Graduate
Est. time to complete:
Why earn a TESOL certificate online?
June 1* | Aug. 10
March 1* | May 10
*indicates priority deadline
The part-time, online Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) certificate
is designed for teachers. You'll learn to teach English to children and adults who
speak English as a second language or an additional language.
The TESOL online graduate certificate allows you to:
Design and implement instruction that integrates English language development with
Assess language proficiency levels of students and use assessment results to plan
Apply knowledge of linguistics and second language acquisition to ELL / ESL instruction
Understand the needs of students from different cultural and linguistic backgrounds.
Learn from highly qualified faculty with doctoral degrees and extensive experience
in teaching English as a second language. They experience teaching English to immigrants,
refugees and Native Americans in the United States and to children and adults overseas.
100% online (asynchronous) graduate program enables you to complete all of your coursework
online at the time of day and place of your choice. You are not required to come to
campus at any time.
Lower tuition costs than comparable online TESOL graduate programs.
Students who complete the TESOL certificate program are ready to teach ELL, ESL, or
EFL students in the U.S. and internationally. There is currently a national shortage
of ELL teachers. This online program is designed to meet requirements for ELL, ESL
or TESOL teacher endorsement in North Dakota, as well as in other states.
TESOL Certificate at UND
Completion of coursework leads to eligibility for the North Dakota ELL teacher endorsement.
It may completely or partially fulfill ELL, ESL or TESOL endorsement requirements
in other states.
Participate in a required 60 hours of practicum experience in a school near your local
UND's online TESOL program is for those who do not need or want a full master's program.
TESOL Courses You Could Take
T&L 513. Linguistics for ELL Teachers. 3 Credits.
This course introduces the complexities of human language through the study of phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics. Additional topics addressed include the brain and language, history of the English language, psycholinguistics, writing systems and language in social contexts. SS.
T&L 550. Assessment and Evaluation in ELL Education. 3 Credits.
This course combines readings and theoretical discussion of assessment with hands-on experience in assessing ELLs. Students will learn how to use a variety of formal and informal assessments with a focus on how to use assessment data in planning instruction. Topics will include classroom-based assessments, language proficiency testing, testing accommodations for ELLs, and assessment of ELLs for special education and gifted education, and ELL program evaluation.
T&L 551. Second Language Acquisition for ELL Teachrs. 3 Credits.
This course will explore the socio- and psycho-linguisitic aspects of interlanguage by studying the theories and research of first and second language acquisition. Students will examine the nature of learners and their individual differences during the stages of language development, with a focus on children and K-12 classrooms.
EFR 506. Multicultural Education. 3 Credits.
A review of the conceptual, historical and theoretical aspects of multicultural education. A major goal will be to provide educators with processes for incorporating multicultural education into educational environments; to meet the needs of culturally diverse students and to increase the cultural awareness and sensitivity of all students. North Dakota/Native American issues are primary elements of this course. On demand.
T&L 514. Introduction to Multilingual Education. 3 Credits.
This course explores language education models, programs and policies with an emphasis on English language learners (ELLs). Political, legal, historical, and cultural contexts of multilingual education will be discussed with a focus on both U.S. and global challenges.
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