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Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Graduate Certificate Program

Earn an Online TESOL Certificate for a Career in ESL/EFL Education

Alliant's online Graduate Certificate program in TESOL provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to begin a career teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) and English as a Foreign Language (EFL). Through our online TESOL program, candidates will gain advanced skills in teaching ESL/EFL quickly and conveniently from their home location, and emerge prepared to enter the TESOL education field. The TESOL graduate certificate program is also available fully on-site in San Diego, California.

Earn a TESOL Certificate and Credit Towards a TESOL Master's

Individuals pursuing Alliant's 15-unit Graduate Certificate in TESOL program may apply all 15 units towards Alliant's 30-unit Master's in TESOL program. The master's program in TESOL may be completed on-site in San Diego or through a hybrid format that combines online coursework with two weekend residencies in San Diego. A master's degree in TESOL opens doors to increased employment prospects and career opportunities.

Program Overview

  • Choose between Alliant's 100% online program or study at our San Diego campus
  • 15 units (five courses)
  • Full certificate program may be completed within 9-12 months
  • Highly-qualified and experienced faculty
  • No special technical skills required - only a home computer and the Internet


  • San Diego, California
  • Online

Admission Terms

  • 8-week Terms: January, March, May, July, September & October

Review application deadlines and our rolling admissions policy on our admissions page.

Admission Requirements                           

  • Application - Apply now online
  • Interview
  • Two letters of recommendation from supervisors, academic instructors, volunteer coordinators or other professional and/or academic relationships
  • 2-4 page personal essay including autobiographical statement, professional aspirations, accomplishments and any relevant experience                 
  • Official undergraduate transcripts from a regionally-accredited university (degrees in progress are acceptable) with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 (GPA exemptions may be granted)
  • $65 application fee

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