After attending Georgia Southern University for her undergraduate degree in public relations, Elizabeth Lazzaro began a career working in undergraduate admissions for both Mercer University and Savannah College of Art and Design.
Graduate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
Learn the latest theories, strategies and practices related to second language and multilingual education through UGA's Mary Frances Early College of Education's online Graduate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Online coursework accommodates the working professional and is taught by internationally recognized faculty.
Ideal candidates for this program are international and domestic educators who wish to acquire focused language education knowledge. The program is also perfect for recent graduates or retirees and those seeking a career opportunities to explore language-teaching careers in the U.S. or abroad.
Graduates of this program earn a stand-alone certificate of TESOL expertise which can be added to state teacher certification. On completion of the TESOL graduate certificate program, you may apply for the MEd or MAT in TESOL on campus at UGA and transfer credits to a graduate program of study upon department's approval.
Earning this certificate qualifies you to:
- Teach ESOL in U.S. contexts
- Teach ESOL in international contexts
- Apply for TESOL state licensure with UGA's on campus MAT program*
- Apply for an on campus TESOL masters program with UGA*
*Certificate students may transfer credits from the Certificate to other graduate degree programs.
The University of Georgia is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, masters, specialist, and doctoral degrees. Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of the University of Georgia.
- Computer with current operating system (Windows, Mac, or Linux). Additional peripherals such as webcam, headphones, and printer may be required.
- High-speed internet access.
Tuition and Fees
|Online Tuition||$638 per credit hour||15 credit hours||$9,570 USD|
|Student Fees||$597 per semester||2 semesters||$1,194 USD|
|Student Fees*||$372 for < 5 credit hrs semester||1 semester||$372 USD|
|Total Program Cost||$11,136 USD|
Online students pay the following fees: Connect UGA, Green, Special Institutional, and Technology. See UGA Tuition and Fees for the complete schedule of fees.
Additional costs may include:
- Software (beyond the standard MS Office Suite)
- Exam proctoring fees
- Technology upgrades
Visit the Office of Student Financial Aid for information about financial assistance.
Promising applicants will be considered for program scholarship.
Consult your employer about the availability of tuition reimbursement or tuition assistance programs.
Active duty military, veterans, and military families should visit Veterans Educational Benefits to take full advantage of available financial assistance and educational benefits.
University System of Georgia Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)
The purpose of TAP is to foster the professional growth and development of eligible employees. For more information, see Tuition Assistance (refer to the Distance Learning section).
Credit and Transfer
Total Hours Required to Earn Certificate: 15 (credit hours)
Students who are not currently enrolled at UGA should apply to the graduate school for the Graduate Certificate program in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and are not required to take entrance exams and submit letters of recommendation.
Currently enrolled UGA graduate students should submit a new application for admission to the UGA Graduate School to be considered for the Online Graduate Certificate in TESOL. When completing the online application, choose "Online Degree" as the degree objective and "Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, Certificate" as the degree option. The application fee is $25 for currently enrolled UGA graduate students.
- Application – Submit online to the Graduate School Admissions. Application fee: $75 Domestic/$100 International.
- Select Campus- Online
- Select Intended Program - CERG, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (Language and Literacy Educ)[CERT_2TSL]
- Statement of purpose - Submit to the Graduate School online in your application.
- Transcripts – Submit unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended as part of the online application. Send official transcripts after you are offered admission.
International Applicants - must also submit TOEFL or IELTS scores
- Spring: November 15
- Summer: April 1
- Fall: April 1
- Spring: October 15
- Summer: February 15
- Fall: April 1
Registration deadlines vary per semester. The UGA Office of the Registrar web site provides up-to-date information on registration dates.
Students in the Graduate Certificate in TESOL program must be able to commit to the completion of at least 3 semesters of coursework (15 credit hours) in order to earn the certificate. The program includes: an introduction to theories of first and second language acquisition; focused study on the connections between language and culture in local and global contexts; classroom methodology and practice; and tools for assessing development of language learners. At the close of the program, students will have the opportunity to apply adopted strategies, theories and methods via a guided practicum.
Successfully complete five of the following six courses, or their equivalents:
Additional information and disclosures regarding state licensure for professional practice in this field can be found at the UGA Licensure Disclosure Portal.