TESOL Certificate

The TESOL Certificate

The 19-credit hour Graduate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) prepares teachers to meet the needs of adult learners who speak other native languages, both in the U.S. and abroad. The TESOL Certificate provides both a strong theoretical foundation as well as hands-on practical experiences.

The program can be completed in one calendar year; all certificate credits can be applied to the MA in TESOL at IUPUI.

TESOL as a Career

TESOL is an exciting, in-demand, and interdisciplinary field that draws on linguistics, bilingual education, sociology, pedagogy, cultural studies, and information technology to provide English teachers with a solid foundation in the theory and praxis of second language learning and teaching. TESOL graduates typically find employment both domestically and internationally as teachers, administrators, policy makers, materials developers, editors, cultural liaisons, and language program directors. They work in such diverse settings as schools, non-profit organizations, governmental agencies, community and faith-based centers, and international businesses.


Our professors are internationally recognized, award-winning scholars whose areas of expertise span an impressive array of disciplines, including second language acquisition, teacher education, language learning and technology, sociolinguistics, socio-cultural theory, pragmatics, corpus linguistics, intercultural discourse, multilingual writing, and learner identity. The International Center for Intercultural Communication, the English for Academic Purposes Program, and the Program for Intesive English offer unique opportunities for interdisciplinary work, internships, and practica in applied linguistics, health discourse, language teaching, and tutoring. Our vibrant urban setting provides students with diverse teaching experiences and employment opportunities upon graduation.

For information about the application process and requirements, contact:

Terri Crews
Student Services
SLA Graduate Programs
(317) 274-8100

For information about the program, contact:

Estela Ene, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Program Director
English Department
(317) 274-3908

To contact the Graduate Office:

IUPUI Graduate Office
University Library, Room 1170
755 W. Michigan Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202
(317) 274-1577

Program Description

The 19-credit hour TESOL Certificate is comprised of five core courses and one elective course.

Core Courses (16 credit hours/5 courses)

  • ENG-G 500 Introduction to the English Language (4cr)
  • ENG-Z 520 Second Language Development (3cr)
  • ENG-Z 523 TESOL Methods (3cr)
  • ENG-Z 541 English for Specific Purposes (ESP) and Materials Development (3cr)
  • ENG-Z 545 TESOL Practicum (3cr)

Elective courses (At least 3 credit hours)

  • ENG-G 625 Discourse Analysis and Introduction to Research (4cr)
  • ENG-G 652 Sociolinguistics (4cr)
  • ENG-Z 536 Pedagogical Grammar (3cr)
  • ENG-Z 570 Second Language Writing (3cr)
  • ENG-Z 575 Second Language Learning and Technology (3cr)
  • ENG-Z 598 TESOL Internship (3cr)
  • ENG-Z 600 Seminar in TESOL (variable topics) (3cr)
  • ENG-Z 690 Advanced Readings in TESOL (1-4cr)
  • ENG-Z 699 M.A. Thesis – TESOL (3cr)


TESOL Certificate students must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (B average).  No courses with a grade of C or lower will count toward graduation requirements.

How to Apply

Applications for the TESOL Certificate are accepted on a rolling-basis and should meet all applicable requirements as described below. Final admission is based upon the approval of the admissions committee.

Undergraduate Degree

Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale), or the equivalent, in the student’s undergraduate major, documented by an official transcript.

Official transcripts must be sent directly from the registrar of your undergraduate institution to our Graduate Programs Assistant (see main page). Official transcripts can be sent either via ground mail as a sealed copy or via email with a link to download an electronic copy.  We cannot accept scans of transcripts or unsealed transcripts from applicants.


TOEFL or IELTS official scores are required for nonnative speaking applicants only and must be reported directly to IUPUI. Test scores are not required if the applicant has earned (or will earn) a bachelor’s or master’s degree from a country where English is the official language (please refer to the Office of International Affairs website.)  The department will only consider applications once the required minimum score is met and does not offer admission to applicants not meeting the required minimum scores.

  • Please have ETS submit your scores directly to IUPUI, as we cannot accept self-reported scores. The IUPUI Institution Code for ETS is #1325.
  • Recommended minimum scores for applicants who are nonnative speakers of English: 100 TOEFL iBT; 7.0 IELTS.
  • Additional information about international admissions can be obtained from the Office of International Affairs: international.iupui.edu

Personal Statement

Applicants should submit a 500-word personal statement describing how they became interested in TESOL and their goals after receiving the Certificate.

Application Instructions

Follow the IUPUI application process as defined by the IUPUI Graduate Office. More information may be found here.

Online Application and Fee

The on-line graduate school application can be found here.

There is an application fee required by the IUPUI Graduate Office to be paid when the application is submitted, unless a previous application has been submitted (see below).  The fee is $70 for domestic USA students and for international students.

Financial Aid

Departmental support for TESOL Certificate students is limited.

IUPUI is part of the Midwest Student Exchange Program, which was established to increase interstate educational opportunities for students in Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio and Wisconsin to enroll at IUPUI at a reduced cost. Michigan no longer participates in MSEP. Students attending IUPUI from Michigan may enroll at a reduced cost as part of the Michigan Student Excellence Award (MSEA) program.

Information about other sources of financial aid available to most graduate students can be found at theOffice of Student Financial Services.