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Online Certificates

Prepare to make a change.

Focus your studies on exactly the material you need for the future you want. The online certificate programs are flexibly designed to fit into a full-time schedule. 

TESOL Certificate (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) 

You want to serve non-English speaking people. Let us help prepare you for the work. The TESOL certificate program is a series of four online classes. The classes are offered at both the undergraduate-level or graduate-level. 

TESOL is one of the preferred and desired means of legitimate employment in restricted access countries.

Classes that fit into your schedule.

The structure of the certificates is uniquely flexible, giving you control of the start dates and pace.

You pick the start date for your class—any day of the year. It’s triggered by enrolling for a class. Then, work at your own pace over four months to complete the coursework. You can work on a class any time of the day and never have to be online at a specific time. 

TESOL Classes
TSL 201/TSL 501 Introduction to Second Language Acquisition and the Field of TESOL (3 credits)

This course discusses the role of the English language in the contemporary world and how language and culture shape human interactions. It provides an introductory understanding of the field of second language acquisition, from the perspective of both learning and teaching a new language. It also explores the teaching of English in ministry in US and international contexts.

Field Experience 5 hours of cross-cultural interaction
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Jan Dormer

  • EdD, TESOL Curriculum, Teaching and Learning, University of Toronto
  • MA, TESOL, Ball State University
  • BA, Elementary Education, Asbury College

TSL 303/TSL 503 Methods and Assessment in TESOL (3 credits)

This course develops understanding and skill in classroom instruction of English learners, including lesson planning, teaching, and assessment. Topics covered include teaching methods and techniques for all aspects of English language development, educational technology, curricular planning, and formative assessment.

Field Experience 10 hours of observation and 10 hours of teaching
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Megan I. Beard

  • PhD, Educational Administration, University of South Carolina
  • MEd, Higher Education & Student Affairs, University of South Carolina
  • TESOL Certificate, Messiah University
  • BARSC, Cross-Cultural Pre-Medical Studies & Women’s Health, University of South Carolina

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Heidi Hoopingarner

  • MS, Language Education, Indiana University
  • BS, Secondary Social Studies Education, Taylor University

TSL 305/TSL 505 Pedagogical Grammar and Applied Linguistics in TESOL (3 credits)

Introduces applied linguistics and its practical implications in language teaching. Provides study of English grammar, and how English structures are taught and explained to English learners.10 hours

Field Experience 10 hours of grammar and writing feedback
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Nancy Ackles

  • PhD, Linguistics, University of Washington
  • MA, Linguistics, University of Washington
  • MA, Practical Studies, Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary
  • MA, Education, Claremont Graduate School
  • BA, English, Whitman College

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Joshua Tokar

  • MA, ESL, Hamline University
  • BA, German, St. Cloud University
  • ABS, Biblical Studies, Moody Bible Institute

TSL 482/TSL 582 Practicum and Seminar in TESOL (3 credits)

This course is comprised of a supervised ESOL field experience totaling a minimum of 40 hours, plus accompanying seminar sessions focused on reflection, development of teaching skill, and TESOL professionalization.

Field Experience 20 hours of observation and 20 hours of teaching

Admissions Process

Applications are accepted year-round for Taylor University’s online certificates. To apply, please submit the following:

TESOL Certificate Program

Transcripts can be emailed to or mailed to:

Taylor University
ATTN: Dr. Jan Dormer
1846 Main Street
Upland, IN 46989


Undergraduate tuition rate: $400 per credit hour
Graduate tuition rate: $450 per credit hour

A three credit hour course totals $1,200 (undergraduate) or $1,350 (graduate) and is due at the time of enrollment. Once paid, you can start the class the next business day. 

TESOL Certification (undergraduate): $4,800 total tuition
TESOL Certification (graduate): $5,400 total tuition

Financial aid is not available for certificate programs. 

Let’s chat about your goals!

For additional information about Taylor University’s online certificates, please contact us!

Leah Kimbrell

Program Manager

  • BA, Biblical Literature, Taylor University (1990)
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