Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Increase Your Value in Today's Diverse and Globalized Educational Environments

The online graduate TESOL certificate is a 16-credit program that prepares you to teach English as a Foreign Language (EFL / TEFL) in international settings, or English as a Second Language (ESL) in domestic settings in adult education or other contexts in which a teaching license is not required.

Participants take five courses, including one with an experiential component which will allow you to apply concepts and skills you've learned by working one-on-one with an English language learner. The certificate program can be completed in two semesters as a full-time student, or longer if you are a working professional. This program is not associated with a teaching license.

A Premier Credential

There are various credentials related to teaching English to adult students. A graduate-level TESOL certificate from a respected research university like UNC is highly valued by employers, and is broadly useful in that it covers teaching in both the ESL and TEFL contexts.

A Variety of Career Options

This internationally-marketable certificate prepares you for employment in the high-demand field known as Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) or Teaching English as a Foreign or Second Language (EFL / TEFL / ESL). With this graduate certificate you have the flexibility to live and work overseas, or teach diverse populations in the U.S. in non-school based settings.

Extended Campus Program Details


View the details in the UNC course catalog

Sequence of Courses

Semester Sequence

Two Semesters

Three Semesters

Flexible Semesters (example)


ECLD 592 , ECLD 602,
ECLD 594

ECLD 592, ECLD 602

ECLD 602


EDRD 523, ECLD 610

EDRD 523, ECLD 610

EDRD 523


ECLD 594

ECLD 594


ECLD 592


ECLD 610

Admission Requirements

Acceptance into this graduate certificate program requires that you hold a bachelor's degree and have a GPA of 3.0 or better in your most recent 60 semester hours of college work. GRE not required with a GPA of 3.0 or above.

The TESOL Program Coordinator and Department will review completed applications.

Eligibility by State


Note: All international students residing outside of the United States are eligible to apply to our online programs. Students attending online while residing outside of the United States do not need student visas for admission.