It’s no secret that there’s a need for specialized instruction in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) both in the United States and abroad.

But did you know that there’s a program for you if you teach English in an outreach or community program, a weekend English as a Second Language (ESL) program, or if you’re teaching overseas?

Ball State’s online graduate certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) is an ideal option if you’re not required to have a teaching license, which is sometimes the case in select domestic and international settings.

Are you looking for the English as a New Language license?

If you are a teacher looking to add a license that will prepare you to serve linguistically and culturally diverse students, learn more about Ball State’s English as a new language license.

Our TESOL Certificate Offers Many Advantages 

  • One of only a few TESOL graduate certificates in the nation
  • Can be completed fully online
  • Can be finished in one year; view the courses you will take
  • Program can be taken full time or part time, whichever fits your needs best
  • Up to 9 certificate credits can be applied to Ball State’s master of arts in TESOL and Linguistics or another graduate English program available on the Ball State campus
  • Appropriate as professional development or a refresher program if you’re a veteran licensed teacher working overseas
  • Works for companies or some colleges hiring TESOL instructors
  • Ideal for international students who are TESOL teachers and need continuing professional development in an English-speaking medium as opposed to pursuing further instruction in their home country

If you want more than undergraduate instruction, but are not required to have a master’s degree, our TESOL certificate may provide the exact preparation you need.


Lynne Stallings, Associate Professor of English
English Department

Course Requirements

The five required courses in the TESOL graduate certificate cover fundamental knowledge such as understanding the practical aspects of language teaching, which includes teaching methods, assessment, and curriculum and materials development.You can complete the certificate in one year by taking two courses in the fall, two courses in the spring, and one in the summer.

  • ENG 616 Introduction to Theory of Language Learning (3 credits)
  • ENG 617 Methods for Teaching English Language Learners (ELL) (3 credits)
  • ENG 618 Materials Development for Teaching English Language Learners (ELL) (3 credits)
  • ENG 619 Assessment in TESOL (3 credits)
  • ENG 620 English Linguistics for Educators (3 credits)

For a complete list of program requirements and courses, see the course catalog.

View Catalog

Ready to Apply?

Admission to Ball State is selective, and we carefully evaluate all application on an individual basis. Applying for admission is easy. Use our convenient, comprehensive, and secure online application.

Get Started

Students from Other States

Ball State is authorized to accept online students from all U.S. states. However, certain states have regulations regarding licensing programs in nursing and education. Learn more about state authorizations for non-Indiana students.

Want to Learn More?

Do you have questions about this program or online learning? We're here to help! You may request more information using our online form, or feel free to reach out directly to one of our staff.

Request Info   Contact Us

Related Programs