2016-2017 Graduate Academic Catalog

Graduate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) 18 credits

Lesley University's TESOL graduate certificate online program, which meets endorsement requirements in multiple US states, is designed to enhance the knowledge, skills, and dispositions of licensed teachers who wish to teach English Language Learners (ELLs). It offers a theoretical foundation as well as practical strategies for the classroom and empowers teachers with the most current technologies, research-based strategies, and culturally responsive teaching. It is aligned with TESOL/National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) National Standards in the five domains: Language; Culture; Planning, Implementing, and Managing Instruction; Assessment; and Professionalism. This certificate program may also be used as a specialization to fulfill some of the requirements for the M.Ed. Individually Designed Program for Educators and the M.Ed. in Educational Technology.

Please note: In certain states, a student may receive an endorsement/second license by completing Lesley's 18-credit TESOL program. It is important to check with your teacher licensing office, as additional steps may be necessary in order to meet state requirements.

Program of Study

Requirement for completion of the TESOL Endorsement program: students must submit evidence of minimal proficiency in a foreign language, equivalent to one semester's work of approximately 45 class hours. For non-native English speakers, English is considered to be the foreign language.

Courses may have prerequisites for registration; please check course descriptions before registering.

Required Courses (18 credits):

EECLD 6001Culturally Responsive Teaching


EECLD 6002Essential Linguistics: What Every Teacher Needs to Know about Language


EECLD 6004First and Second Language Acquisition and Oral Development


EECLD 6007Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages: Literacy and Literature


EECLD 6010Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages: Content Areas


EECLD 6012Assessment for Equity and Inclusion of CLD Learners: Linguistic/Cultural Differences and Disabilities