Build the skills of culturally and linguistically diverse students.

Learn how to teach, assess, and advocate for English language learners with the online Graduate Certificate in TESOL from Lesley University. Our program provides you with a theoretical foundation and practical, research-based strategies for culturally responsive teaching. Aligned with TESOL and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), you’ll meet endorsement requirements in multiple states. And you’ll study in a convenient, fully online environment with experienced faculty and engaged peers.

If you have a master’s degree from an accredited institution and hold an initial Massachusetts teaching license in early childhood education, elementary education, or as a reading specialist, you may use this program to earn your professional license. Students must submit evidence of minimal proficiency in a foreign language, equivalent to one semester's work of approximately 45 class hours. For non-native English speakers, English is considered to be the foreign language. To learn more about these and other licensure options, contact your enrollment counselor.

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  • Maintain your current work and personal schedule by studying online.
  • Benefit from one-on-one academic advising.


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Program of Study

2015-2016 Graduate Academic Catalog

Course Type Credits
EECLD 6001 Culturally Responsive Teaching
EECLD 6002 Essential Linguistics: What Every Teacher Needs to Know about Language
EECLD 6004 First and Second Language Acquisition and Oral Development
EECLD 6007 Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages: Literacy and Literature
EECLD 6010 Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages: Content Areas
EECLD 6012 Assessment for Equity and Inclusion of CLD Learners: Linguistic/Cultural Differences and Disabilities

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Tuition is $610 per credit hour.

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Admission Requirements

 You’ll need:
  • A completed application
  • Official transcripts
  • A personal statement
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A résumé
  • If you are pursuing a graduate certificate for professional licensure or endorsement in Massachusetts, you will need to submit your bachelor’s and master’s transcripts with a copy of your initial license. Please speak with an admissions counselor to verify which license is required for the professional license/endorsement you are seeking.

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