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.

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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

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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Valerie Harlow Shinas

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Nancy Peterson

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Tuition is $625 per credit hour.

Admission Requirements

 You’ll need:
  • A completed application
  • Official transcripts
  • A personal statement
  • A résumé
  • Three credit hours of a college-level foreign language from a regionally accredited institution
  • 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.

We’ll help you get started by gathering your transcripts for you — and we’ll even pay any fees to get copies for you.

Licensure Details

Completion of the TESOL Online Graduate Certificate program will not provide an endorsement or teaching license through Lesley University. It is your responsibility to understand and comply with the licensure requirements for the state in which you seek to be licensed.

If you currently hold a Master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution and a Massachusetts initial teaching license in early childhood education, elementary education, or specialist teacher of reading you may be able to identify 12 credits within this program in the content or subject matter knowledge of your license to apply for a professional teaching license. It is your responsibility to review the content or subject matter knowledge of your license(s). For additional information, please visit our Certification Office’s website.

If you are interested in becoming a teacher and pursuing Massachusetts initial licensure, please contact our Office of Graduate Admissions at

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