Graduate Certificate in Linguistics: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

On campus

There is a growing need for trained instructors of English as a second language. Using linguistics theory and research, this graduate certificate provides you with the fundamental knowledge of English and the skills to teach it to non-native learners. This 18-credit program is composed of courses in linguistic theory, the structure of the English sound system and grammar, adult second language learning, and pedagogical approaches including a practicum in classroom ESL teaching.


Earn a TESOL certificate from anywhere in the world

Mason’s new online TESOL graduate certificate provides the same courses, instruction and benefits as the one we offer on the Fairfax campus. But you can take it on your schedule and from wherever you are.  With all six required courses offered during fall or spring semesters, it is possible to complete the entire program in just one year!

This certificate is run through the Continuing and Professional Education Office, which means that the registration and payment processes are not like the rest of the university. It is important to note that for this Online-Only program,  payment for your courses must be submitted at the time of registration, and that payment is required to register for courses. If you are planning on using financial aid to pay for tuition, please first reach out to the Financial Aid Office (703-993-2353) and the Continued and Professional Education Office (703-993-2109) to discuss how financial aid works for the online-only TESL program. 

*GI Benefits are not eligible for the Online-Only Program through CPE. To use one's GI Benefits to earn the TESOL Graduate Certificate, you would need to apply for the on-campus option (and still have the option to take classes online).