Graduate Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language

On campus

There is a growing need for trained instructors of English as a second language. Using linguistics theory and research, this graduate certificate provides you with the fundamental knowledge of English and the skills to teach it to non-native learners. This 18-credit program is composed of courses in linguistic theory, the structure of the English sound system and grammar, adult second language learning, and pedagogical approaches including a practicum in classroom ESL teaching.


Earn a TESL certificate from anywhere in the world

Mason’s new online TESL graduate certificate provides the same courses, instruction and benefits as the one we offer on the Fairfax campus. But you can take it on your schedule and from wherever you are.  With all six required courses offered during fall or spring semesters, it is possible to complete the entire program in just one year!