Teaching English Speakers of Other Languages

Graduate School of Education and Human Development

Graduate Certificate
Location(s): Foggy Bottom - Main Campus, Online Learning

Program Overview

The Graduate Certificate in Teaching English Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) prepares educators to work with multilingual English learners (ELs) in both U.S. and international contexts. Coursework provides students with knowledge of applied linguistics, language acquisition theories, and methods of teaching. Students apply foundational concepts in TESOL through course discussions and experiences in classrooms in and around the nation’s capital. Course assignments and experiences are tailored to students' interests and career goals, from teaching in international settings to supporting ELs in U.S. elementary and secondary classrooms. The Certificate is designed for students at various stages in their careers, including:

-Seasoned content area educators or leaders who seek to enhance their expertise in teaching ELs;
-Recent college graduates or career-switchers who are interested in exploring the area of ELs teaching without earning a full Master’s degree;
-Individuals who wish to teach English internationally in private English language schools or through worldwide exchange programs; or
-Current graduate students in education who would like to augment their skills and qualifications with documented expertise in teaching English.

Additionally, the Graduate Certificate in TESOL can be applied toward earning a Masters degree in the Curriculum and Instruction Masters program (https://gsehd.gwu.edu/programs/masters-curriculum-and-instruction#) and the International Education Masters program (https://gsehd.gwu.edu/programs/masters-international-education).

Virginia educators may be eligible to apply for admission to the online certificate. Contact [email protected] or [email protected] for more information.

Admission Requirements

Admission deadlines:

Fall – Rolling admissions
Spring – Rolling admissions
Summer – Rolling admissions

Recommendations required:

Two (2) recommendations (preferably one from a faculty member and the other from a professional supervisor)

Prior academic records:

Transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript.  Unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended should be uploaded to your online application.  Official transcripts are required only of applicants who are offered admission.

Transcripts from institutions outside the United States must be accompanied by an official transcript evaluation from an accredited independent evaluating agency. Please be sure you request a detailed evaluation that includes all course titles, credit hours, grade-point average (GPA), United States degree equivalency, and date of degree conferral. A list of acceptable foreign credential evaluation services is available online.

Statement of purpose:

In an essay of 250 to 500 words, state your purpose in undertaking graduate study at the George Washington University, describing your academic objectives, research interests, and career plans. Also discuss your related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities and any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned in the application.

Additional requirements: 

A resume is required.

International applicants only:

Please review International Applicant Information carefully for details on required documents, earlier deadlines for applicants requiring an I-20 or DS-2019 from GW, and English language requirements.

Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:
Office of Graduate Admissions
Graduate School of Education and Human Development
The George Washington University
2136 G Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052

Contact for questions:
[email protected] ~ 202.994.9283 ~ 202.994.7207 (fax)
9:30 am – 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday