Graduate Certificate in Teaching as a Second Language
George Mason University

Program Details

With a growing need for trained instructors of English as a second language, this Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) graduate certificate uses linguistics theory and research to provide students with fundamental knowledge of English and the skills to teach non-native learners. This 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.


  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • A minimum 3.00 GPA on a 4.00 scale in baccalaureate study
  • Goals statement
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and/or universities attended
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Current resume
  • Analytical Writing Sample

School Accreditation Statement

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges