What is TESL?

The TESL Certificate provides students with the basic requirements needed to teach English cross-culturally overseas or institutionally, including in community colleges and private schools within the United States. TESL is separate from any other degree programs and certificates offered at Southeastern and is not the same as the ESL license that public schools require of teachers. However, TESL Certificate credits earned at Southeastern can be transferred to another institution for students who desire to receive ESL Teacher Licensure. This certification offered at Southeastern meets the certificate program standards laid out by TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages).

At a Glance

  • 12

    total hours

Program Courses


Southeastern’s Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) is a 4-course program of study at the graduate level designed to train students to effectively teach English as a second language.

  • GEN 5510 – Second Language Acquisition 3 semester hr(s).
  • GEN 5520 – English Grammar 3 semester hr(s).
  • GEN 5530 – ESL Teaching Methods 3 semester hr(s).
  • GEN 5540 – TESL Internship 3 semester hr(s).
  • The TESL Certificate has been an incredible resource in my experiences teaching both domestically and internationally. The education and support I received from Southeastern has proven to be invaluable.

    Sofia Morales

    TESL Certificate Graduate

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