Ready to earn your online TESOL certificate?
Explore the world through language with a graduate online Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages certificate (TESOL). This affordable and convenient online program provides graduates with the ability to teach in a variety of settings to a variety of international students. Through this online TESOL certificate, students have the ability to earn a certificate without coming to campus.
The University of Southern Mississippi is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools of Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). That means you can expect a program with the highest standards and quality.
Applicants not holding a Master of Arts in the Teaching of Languages must submit official transcripts which document a B.S./B.A. degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA and acceptable TOEFL scores (if this degree and/or the applicant is from a country where English is not the official language). Students must complete FL 561 – Teaching Second Languages: Theory into Practice, two TESOL courses approved by the graduate coordinator, and one of the following courses from the following list:
Applied Linguistics in Second and Foreign Languages
Second Language Acquisition Theory and Practice
Sociocultural and Sociolinguistics Perspectives in Language
Applicants already holding a Master of Arts in the Teaching of Languages degree may not apply any of the above courses towards the certificate. They must complete twelve (12) hours of TESOL (TSL) course work as approved by the graduate coordinator.
All Certificate candidates must
Please note that the above information is meant to be a guide and is not official. For further information regarding courses for this degree, see the University Bulletin. Please be aware that not all course choices listed in the University Bulletin are available online. However, sufficient online options are available to complete this degree.
Frequently Asked Questions
No, currently the certificate programs are not eligible for financial aid.
Licensure requirements and approval are determined by each state’s licensing board. For general information about professional licensure, please review the Online Programs & Professional Licensure Page. If you have professional licensing questions regarding licensure relative to one of our online programs, please read our Professional Licensure Disclosure and then fill out the Professional Licensure Inquiry Form. If you have other questions regarding licensure, please email professional licensure.
Students can access the class through the internet from any computer with internet access. Most courses require use of word processing or spreadsheet software (Microsoft Office is preferred).
See Academic Requirements and Procedures.
- Statement of Purpose
In addition, if English is not their native language, applicants must submit a TOEFL score of at least 83, with no section lower than 19. The department will also accept an IELTS score of a 6.5, with no sub-test score below a 6.
Program Requirements and Academic Policies
The TESOL Certificate requires completion of four (4) classes or twelve (12) semester hours. Students must earn a 3.0 GPA for graduation.