Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Graduate Certificate Program Summary


Are you an experienced K-12 teacher or an educator working in the community ready to extend your own education to better serve your learners? Apply to the graduate certificate program in Teaching English to Students of Other Languages to build on your existing experience, achieve a broad and deep understanding of educational practice, develop a professional identity, and engage in informed conversations about important issues in teaching and learning.

Online and Distance Opportunities

Some online coursework may be available for your program; contact dept. for details.


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Graduate Chair
Dr. Guy Trainin

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Application checklist and deadlines

1. Required by Graduate Studies

Submit these items as part of the standard steps to admission.

2. Required by the department

After you apply, allow one business day for us to set up your access so you can complete these requirements via MyRED.

  • GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Resume
  • Application essay
  • Minimum English proficiency: Paper TOEFL 550, Internet TOEFL 79, IELTS 6.5
Application deadline
Rolling admission, contact department for more information.


This graduate certificate program is 12 credit hours: 4 courses at 3 credit hours each. Up to 6 credit hours of relevant previous coursework may be applied.

Participants must maintain a 3.25 GPA in TESOL certificate courses and may not receive a grade less than B in any TESOL certificate course.



Take at least one of the these electives.

Cost of attendance

Cost differs from one student to another. For details see Tuition, Fees, and Funding or try our Cost Estimator.

More course information

The Course Catalog provides course descriptions and prerequisites, grouped by subject area.

The Schedule of Classes specifies dates, times, locations, and instructors for courses being offered in current and near-future terms.

This summary page is maintained by Graduate Studies.
For additional details check out the dept./program website: TLTE Graduate Certificates.

Departments: Have an update for this summary? Contact graduate@unl.edu .