Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

A student teacher reads to a student at Barack Obama Elementary School in Richmond, Virginia.

 
The Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages is a non-licensure program designed to prepare professionals to work with K-12 students and adults for whom English is not their native language. This certificate fosters a tolerance and appreciation for linguistic and cultural diversity.

Curriculum information

The Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages requires a minimum of 18 total graduate credit hours:

Degree requirements for the Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages »

Please keep in mind, however, that the exact course requirements may vary depending on when you matriculated into the program, so please consult your adviser or the program coordinator with any additional questions.

Current Virginia Teachers Interested in English Language Learners (ELL)

For those who already hold a Virginia teaching license, this program provides the knowledge needed for the TESOL Praxis exam, which is required in order to add an ESL endorsement to your teaching license. The program is designed for those wishing to develop their skills in working with multilingual learners in a variety of contexts including general education and content area classrooms, outside-of-school programs, and other settings.

Future TESOL/English Language Educators

The TESOL K-12 and Adult concentrations support professionals internationally who would like to learn and apply the critical skills to support English Language and Multi-language learners around the globe. From virtual tutoring to private international schools, the skill sets and pedagogy in this program help you prepare for roles with a diversity of educational settings.

CONCENTRATION/VCU BULLETIN INFO

PROGRAM BASICS

How to apply: Graduate application
Semester of entry: Spring, summer or fall
Application deadline: Feb. 1 for fall and summer admission; Oct. 1 for spring admission. Extended deadline for summer and fall 2021: April 1.
Late applications will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis
Application checklist [PDF]

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

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Jenna Lenhardt, Ph.D.