TESOL Graduate Certificate

In addition to the enhanced professional status that the Certificate in the Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) brings, this Certificate will enable the holder to meet the 18-hour SACS requirement to teach at the College level.

This certificate is ideal for students that either already hold a completed graduate degree or are actively in the process of earning a graduate degree and wish to earn this certificate in conjunction with their degree. If you have not completed or are not actively enrolled in a graduate program, our full Master's in Applied Linguistics with emphasis in TESOL would be the better alternative for you than just the certificate. Learn more about our master's at www.tamuc.edu/TESOL



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The course work for the 19 semester-hour Certificate in the Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) includes the department's five basic TESOL courses:

  • English 501 Structure of the English Language
  • English 555 General Linguistics
  • English 557 Teaching English as a Second Language
  • English 558 Sociolinguistics
  • English 562 Psycholinguistics

In addition, a candidate would take a one-hour Practicum and one elective course (3 semester hours) chosen from the following courses in the Department of Literature and Languages:

  • English 559 Language and Culture in the Classroom
  • English 771 Theory & Practice of Teaching
  • English 579 Style and Stylistics
  • FLL 511 Teaching a Second Language (Taught in Spanish)

The Practicum

This is a one-credit hour TESOL-specific practicum. Practicums will be arranged through the TESOL faculty in the Department of Literature and Languages once a student has completed fifteen (15) semester hours. The practicum can be done remotely without requiring the student to visit our campus.


  • Ensure you complete the required coursework for the certificate.
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA in each course required for the certificate. This means you cannot earn less than a B in a course that is required for the certificate.
  • After you complete all the requirements for the certificate (if you are also enrolled in a graduate program, this may be done before you actually complete your graduate degree) complete this FORM and submit it to the Graduate School. This will ensure that the name of the certificate is listed on your official transcripts.



Both the Graduate Certificate in TESOL and the Master's in Applied Linguistics-TESOL can be completed 100% online or even face-to-face in Commerce, TX.

Courses are offered:

  • Online
  • Main TAMUC campus in Commerce, TX
  • Mesquite Metroplex Centercampus (on occasion)

Courses regularly available online (these courses are also offered face-to-face):

  • ENG 501 (required)
  • ENG 555 (required)
  • ENG 557 (required)
  • ENG 558 (required)
  • ENG 559 (elective)
  • ENG 562 (required)

You can complete this entire certificate online by choosing the ENG 559 elective for your certificate.

Other electives offered:

  • ENG 771
  • ENG 579
  • FLL 511



We do not have an application deadline. You can apply as a "nondegree" student or a full graduate degree seeking student at www.applytexas.org

Application Requirements for:

Keep two things in mind about "nondegree" status:

  • Nondegree students are not eligible for financial aid
  • International students are eligible for nondegree status for this certificate, but only if they pursue the entire certificate online, as you will not be offered a student visa based on nondegree enrollment.

Things to Consider

Considering a Master’s or Doctoral degree? You can earn this certificate in conjunction with your graduate degree! Each course in your certificate will count towards your course requirements in the Master’s in Applied Linguistics with emphasis in TESOL, Master's in English, and PhD in English. Other University graduate programs outside of those listed above may also count your certificate coursework towards their degree.

Not sure about pursuing a full graduate degree? No problem. You can pursue this certificate as a "nondegree" student without having to pursue a full graduate degree. Keep in mind that if you change your mind later and would like to pursue a graduate degree in conjunction with your certificate coursework, only four courses (12 credit hours) of this certificate program can be transferred into a graduate program. Be sure to APPLY for your graduate program before you complete your fourth course (12th credit hour).



Texas A&M University-Commerce is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), one of the six regional accreditation organizations recognized by the United States Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

To teach grades K-12 ESL in the USA, an ESL teacher certification is required. This program will NOT provide you with teacher certification for USA schools K-12. Rather, this program prepares you to teach adults both in the USA and in the rest of the world. However, we have many students in the program that currently hold ESL teacher certification and find this program to be a great complement to their work in the K-12 classroom. If you are interested in a Texas teacher ESL certification program for K-12, that may be obtained at our University by contacting our Educator Certification Office.