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Discover the educational needs of English language learners worldwide

SRU's Certificate in TESOL will prepare you to teach English to Speakers of Other Languages

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Certificate

Offered by: Modern Languages and Cultures

The globalization of English and demand for English language instruction worldwide create a need for skilled practitioners who can address the widely variant educational needs of English learners.


Opportunities for teaching English learners overseas and at home are abundant. According to Education First's 2016 English Proficiency Index (EPI) for both schools and companies worldwide, English language proficiency correlates with higher incomes, improved quality of life, more dynamic business settings, superior connectivity, and more innovation. Recognizing this return on investment, countries such as Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Japan, Panama, South Korea, and Uruguay have launched government-sponsored initiatives to expand English teaching and learning. In the U.S., the Pew Research Center reports that the proportion of immigrants who speak English "less than very well" increased from 43% in 1980 to 50% in 2013.

Through comprehensive certificate-level training, SRU graduates will be prepared to teach English as a foreign language (TEFL) abroad and English as a second language (TESL) at home. Facilitating lifelong TESOL development, the Certificate helps graduates realize their dreams of living abroad and assisting others in acquiring English proficiency.


SRU's Graduate TESOL certificate is 13 credits and offers:

  • The basic graduate-level requirement to qualify for overseas and domestic English teaching jobs
  • Flexibility to fit your busy schedule - 2 once-weekly evening classes and remaining courses online
  • Expert faculty with earned doctorates
  • A pathway to Master's degree - all 13 credits apply to the MA TESOL, leaving only 17 online credits remaining to obtain the full degree


GRE not required

*Applicants may submit supplemental application materials as a PDF or JPEG file via email (, fax (724.738.2146) or mail. Applicants may also choose to submit their supplemental materials via the electronic forms linked above.