Post-Master's TESOL Certificate

Post-Master's certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

TESOL Program Update


Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) is currently not accepting applications. We are in the process of significantly reimagining the TESOL program based on changing market needs and career opportunities, but we encourage prospective students to return to the program webpage or email for updates.

Designed for those who hold a master's degree in a non-TESOL field, this 24-credit program in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages prepares students to teach both at home and abroad. Seattle University's Post-Masters Certificate in TESOL features graduate credit classes designed to increase the knowledge, skills and marketability of those who want to teach:

  • Non-native English speakers in a variety of college and business settings
  • International students of intensive English language programs
  • Children and adults in other countries who want to learn English
  • Community language settings for recent immigrants

Program benefits

  • Features focus areas of collaboration, globalization, technology and social justice
  • Graduate credits may be transferred into a TESOL master's program at Seattle University
  • Program of seven courses and an internship may be completed in one year of part-time study
  • Late afternoon and evening classes for the working professional

Admission Requirements

  • Completed online application form and $55 non-refundable application fee
  • College of Education Self-Evaluation Form (within online graduate application form)
  • Evidence of earned master's degree from regionally accredited institution or U.S. equivalent. As evidence submit official, degree-posted transcripts from all graduate-level coursework. If transcripts are mailed directly to the applicant, envelopes must remain sealed.
  • Two recommendations using the College of Education forms provided through the online application, one from the master's degree major advisor and one from a current supervisor, regarding ability to perform as teacher in the field

English Language Requirement

Applicants for whom English is a non-native language must demonstrate English proficiency regardless of English language studies, residence in the United States or an English-speaking country, or immigration status.

Graduate applicants with a baccalaureate or higher degrees from recognized colleges in the U.S., Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia and who have continued to reside in countries where English is the primary language for at least two years prior to applying to Seattle University will have this requirement waived.

English proficiency may be met with an official TOEFL score of 92 (IBT), or 580 (PBT); the IELTS exam with a minimum score of 7.0; PTE score of 62.

English Language and Culture Bridge program is not an option for applicants with insufficient English proficiency for regular admission

Cost and Credits

$619 per credit; 8 courses of 3 credits each can be completed within one year.


TESOL Core Requirements (21 credits)

  • TSOL 5330 Second Language Acquisition
  • TSOL 5340 Second Language Teaching Methodologies
  • TSOL 5310 Linguistics for Language Teachers I
  • TSOL 5320 Linguistics for Language Teachers II
  • TSOL 5360 Language in Society
  • TSOL 5380 Structure of English
  • TSOL 5660 Internship in the TESOL Setting

TESOL Elective Courses (3 credits)

Choose two of the following courses:

  • TSOL 5210 Second Language Listening and Speaking
  • TSOL 5220 Second Language Reading & Vocabulary Acquisition
  • TSOL 5230 Second Language Writing
  • TSOL 5240 Teaching English for Academic Purposes
  • TSOL 5410 Language Assessment
  • TSOL 5420 Structure of English II


An internship is a required component of the Post-Master's Certificate in TESOL. It is designed to provide a practical work-experience component in the student's professional preparation. More information on the internship may be found in the AEDT-TESOL_Internship_Handbook.


For more information on the Post-Master's TESOL Certificate, please contact the TESOL program faculty and staff.