Graduate Certificate in TESOL

The Graduate Certificate in TESOL is a non-degree program designed to enhance the professional development of English educators who do not choose to enter the MA in Education with an emphasis in TESOL program.

Admission Requirements

  1. A baccalaureate degree or the equivalent with a minimum GPA of 3.00 (four-point scale). A prospective student who does not meet the entry-level GPA requirement may be admitted under probationary status and given opportunity to meet this requirement by earning a 3.00 GPA at AIIAS during the first 12 semester hours.
  2. Demonstrated English proficiency (see English Proficiency).


  1. At least 6 undergraduate units in the English language (at least 3 credits of which are in addition to basic English skills courses).
  2. A minimum of 2 credits in educational psychology. To meet this prerequisite, the student may take EDFN 518 Educational Psychology (2), which is offered at AIIAS as a graduate-level self-study module.
  3. A pass in one of the standard English proficiency tests prescribed by AIIAS. The required passing score for the test is IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.


To complete the program and be awarded a Graduate Certificate in TESOL, the candidate must satisfactorily meet the following requirements:

  1. Complete 17 semester hours of coursework from the MA program.
  2. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00.
  3. Complete the Service Learning requirement.
  4. Develop an e-portfolio to showcase his/her work in meeting the professional competencies.


Complete the following five courses:


EDCI 610 Pedagogy and Classroom Management


EDTE 620 Second Language Acquisition


EDTE 622 TESOL Methods for Content-Area Reading and Writing


EDTE 628 TESOL Methods in Speaking and Listening


RESM 520 Academic Writing


One of the two courses:

EDUC 624 Faith and Learning in Christian Education


LEAD 610 Biblical Foundations of Leadership and Ethics




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