The program for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages at Northeastern Illinois University has a long history of preparing professionals in TESOL who work in the Chicago area and beyond. It is aligned with the professional standards of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).

The TESOL Graduate Certificate Program will provide practical skills and knowledge to individuals who wish to teach adult English language learners. It is designed for individuals who want to work at community colleges, community-based organizations, or language schools in the U.S. or abroad. The Certificate consists of 6 courses (18 credits), including a 60-hour practicum, and a final Capstone paper. It prepares individuals to create lessons, develop materials, and assess English language learners. It is designed to be completed in 2 semesters or 1 or 2 years, depending on which of the 4 scheduling options is chosen.

Credit hours required: 18


The program admits students for the fall, spring and summer semesters.

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Career Options

The TESOL graduate certificate prepares graduates for careers in areas such as:

  • adult English language instruction in the U.S.
  • English language instruction abroad
  • program administration in education
  • curriculum development
  • publishing
  • government agencies 

For more detailed career information, visit the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Academic Catalog Information

Take a closer look at the Graduate Certificate in TESOL and the courses offered toward the program.

TESOL, Graduate Certificate

Department and Contact Information

If you are interested in the program or have questions, please contact Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) at (773) 442-5870 or

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

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Northeastern Illinois University is home to students from all corners of the world and is one of the most ethnically diverse universities in the nation. Our small class sizes, flexible schedules and dedicated faculty can help you succeed in your studies.

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