Graduate Certificates in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

In addition to the M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and the Licensure Plus M.A.T. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, Greensboro College offers six unique graduate certificates designed to allow for specialization within the broader field of TESOL. These 12-graduate semester-hour programs lead to specialized Certificates in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, not to a degree, and are designed to prepare candidates to teach English to speakers of other languages in various professional contexts.

Graduate Certificate Coursework

The 12-hour Certificate also enables candidates with a Master of Arts degree in another field, such as English, to seek employment at post-secondary institutions. The required coursework covers language teaching methodology, the nature of language, the structure of English, second language acquisition, intercultural communication, and, in some cases, a practicum experience.

The 12 graduate semester hours required for the certificates may be applied toward the M.A. in TESOL at Greensboro College. However, the certificate is not equivalent to the M.A. or M.A.T. degree, nor does the certificate carry teaching licensure.

Note: When you register for the last class in your certificate program, download this application for the certificate, fill it out, and return it to to ensure you receive your certification in a timely fashion. Thanks!

Certificate Programs

Hybrid and online classes are available for the following certificate programs:

  • Graduate Certificate in the Pedagogy of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages 
  • Graduate Certificate in Teaching Adult Learners 
  • Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Education for Emerging Bilinguals
  • Graduate Certificate in Online ESOL Teaching and Technology 
  • Graduate Certificate in Teaching English Abroad 
  • Graduate Certificate in Applied Linguistics 

Faculty Contact:

Michelle Plaisance, Ph.D.
Director, TESOL Program
336-272-7102 ext. 5825

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“I loved the GC Honors program and Greensboro College. I felt safe and a sense of genuine belonging at the college. I worked closely with my thesis advisor and professors who helped inspire me to define my path and passion of interest. That path has led me to my doctoral studies in Engineering Mechanics.”

- Joshua Fitzgerald, Class of ’19, Mathematics Major

Joshua currently studies astrodynamics at Virginia Tech University and is an Engineering Mechanics Ph.D. Candidate.