Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in TESOL

Language forms a bridge between cultures, and being the one to bridge that gap can be extremely rewarding. People who wish to enhance their knowledge and expertise in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) but are seeking neither a Master of Arts nor state certification may wish to earn a post-baccalaureate certificate in TESOL.


Application Deadlines

The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in TESOL admits to the fall and spring terms. The following deadlines are for admission into the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in TESOL program:

  • Fall Final: August 1st
  • Spring Final: January 1st

Program of Study

The 15-hour, five-course curriculum at SU includes fundamental technical skills as well as theoretical and practical experiences for applying the best instructional practices to facilitate teaching and improved ESOL student achievement. In order to earn a post-baccalaureate certificate in TESOL, students take the following courses:

  • ENGL 528 ESOL Tests and Measurements
  • ENGL 536 Principles of Linguistics
  • ENGL 539 Second Language Acquisition
  • ENGL 547 Current Approaches in ESOL Instruction

One of the following three-credit hour courses completes the 15-hour certificate requirements:

  • ENGL 509 Seminar in Language Study
  • ENGL 532 Literacy and ESOL Reading
  • ENGL 534 Literacy and ESOL Writing

All courses included in the program must be completed with grades of C or better, with no more than three credit hours of C or C+, and students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0.

While the courses taken for the post-baccalaureate certificate cover areas required for K-12 certification in the State of Maryland, this certificate by itself does not lead to teacher certification, nor does this lead toward an M.A. in English degree.

Application Requirements

Admission to the post-baccalaureate TESOL program requires applicants to submit the following items:

  • Application for Graduate Admission at Salisbury University, which can be done by visiting our Online Application Center.
  • Application fee of $65. Accepted methods of payment include credit/debit cards and electronic checks. The application fee is waived for all military and veteran applicants.
  • If you live in Maryland and would like to be considered for in-state tuition, please complete the Residency Form and return to the Tuition Residency Office.
  • Official transcripts from each college or university you attended. (Applicants with coursework on file at SU do not need to provide official transcripts for SU credit hours). Transcripts should be sent to:
  • A letter including a description of reasons for pursuing the certificate and a statement of career goals within TESOL.
  • Two letters of recommendation.

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