Online TESOL Certificate Program

This program is for you if you are a current language teacher, an aspiring teacher, or someone who is interested in learning more about English language teaching in general. Our certificate is a series of stand-alone courses that are designed to provide an in-depth analysis of important concepts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Courses are online, open all-year-long, non-credit, and developed according to the TESOL Standards for Short-Term Certificate Programs. Our certificate program is led by a team of researchers and professors from Michigan State University. 

The components of the Online Certificate are:

  1. Foundations of Language Teaching
  2. Introduction to Second Language Learning
  3. Pedagogical Grammar
  4. Practicum
  5. Final Portfolio

Our Online TESOL Certificate Program is unique because you can

  • Interact with Researchers and Professors

    Learn from a team of researchers and professors from the Second Language Studies Program and the English Language Center at Michigan State University.

  • Design Your Own Lessons

    Practice designing and teaching your own lessons.

  • Engage with Theory & Practice

    Acquire both the theory and practice you need.

  • Receive Feedback

    Receive feedback from experienced ESL instructors.

Tuition and Payment Information

Tuition

  • Individual courses – $250 each
  • Full certificate – $900 and includes the three content courses, the practicum and the final portfolio

Textbooks & Fees

  • Required one textbook for Pedagogical Grammar must be purchased separate from tuition for about $40 online by the student: Keys to Teaching Grammar to English Language Learners, Second Ed., by K. Folse
  • Fees – no additional fees required

Ready to Apply

Step 1: Complete the application.

Step 2: Pay with credit card or ACH bank transactions.

Step 3: Watch for an email from the course facilitator for enrollment steps. 

Payment Options

  • CashNet – credit card payments including American Express, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, and Visa, or ACH bank transactions accepted.

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Please use the Contact Us form at the bottom of this page to request directions for the following payment options:

  • Purchase Orders –  processed through Unimarket using your supplier.unimarket.com account.
    • Invoices – institution payment of tuition registration fees.

Refund Policies

  • Full Refunds

    Full refunds offered prior to opening any of the courses in D2L less a $45 service charge.

  • Partial Refund

    50% refund is offered when cancelling less than 2 days after opening any of the courses in D2L.

  • No Refund

    No refund is available when cancelling after the 2-day grace period.

Program Handbook

Please view our program handbook here.

Online TESOL Certificate Course Syllabi

If you have any questions please call us at (517) 353-0800, use the contact form below, or email our team at tesolcrt@msu.edu

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