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Online TESOL Endorsement for Teachers

  • Offered fully online.
  • Can be completed in one summer.
  • Endorsement for Ohio licensed teachers.
  • Includes Graduate Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language.
  • Fall Application deadline extended to Aug. 10.

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The TESOL Endorsement is for teachers with an Ohio teaching license who are interested in obtaining the Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) endorsement. Those who do not have an Ohio teaching license can pursue the same coursework through the TEFL graduate certificate. The TEFL Certificate will be awarded to students who complete the TESOL endorsement courses.

Program Code: TESOL Endorsement Non-Degree Track - ND8887

Delivery Modes: Offered fully online or on the Athens Campus.

For more information, contact Dr. Dawn Bikowski.

About the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Endorsement

The program is available to post-baccalaureate students with an Ohio teaching license who are seeking the TESOL endorsement.

  • Online: For the online-only option, over the course of one summer, students take four Linguistics courses, two during Summer Session 1 and two during Summer Session 2.
  • On Campus in Athens: For the resident option, the same courses are taken face-to-face and during the Fall or Spring Semesters.

Complete the TESOL Endorsement in Summer 2018

Students can complete the online TESOL endorsement in one summer by taking two classes during Summer Session 1 (May 14-June 30) and two classes during Summer Session 2 (July 2-Aug. 18). See other options for completing the program.

How to Earn the TESOL Endorsement

All candidates are required to maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher throughout the program. Students must pass the appropriate Ohio Assessment for Educator examination in order to add the TESOL endorsement to their teaching license.

Note: Upon completion of all TESOL Endorsement coursework, candidates have five years to apply to have the Endorsement added to their Ohio License. After five years, all coursework expires and must be retaken.

It is incumbent upon students outside Ohio to verify whether the course or program meets requirements for professional licensure in their state.


14 credit hours

  • LING 5500: Introduction to Linguistics (4 credit hours)
  • LING 5750: Language Learning (4 credit hours)
  • LING 5800: TESOL Methods and Materials (4 credit hours)
  • *LING 5920: Language Teaching Practicum (2 credit hours)

*The Language Teaching Practicum includes 50 clock hours of field experience. Students choose their own field experience location. The field experience must involve at least some engagement with English Language Learners, such as tutoring or teaching. The location can be in a school, or in an after-school program or club. All field experience locations and activities will need to be pre-approved by the Language Teaching Practicum professor. No video recording or observations by the Language Teaching Practicum professor are required for this endorsement. The field work hours can be completed during the next Fall Semester at no extra cost (pre-approval necessary).

Admission Requirements

  • Completion of a baccalaureate degree in a teacher licensure program.
  • Ohio Teaching License obtained.
  • An overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better.
  • For non-native English speakers: Minimum TOEFL: 600 (paper), 100 (iBT), or IELTS: 7.0 overall average.
  • Brief statement of purpose (1-2 pages) by the candidate.

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How to Apply

Fall Deadline Extended: Complete applications for the Fall 2018 online program are due by Aug. 10, 2018.

  • Select this status from the collected options in green: “Non–Degree, Transient, International Exchange”
  • Create an account and then, on Page 2 of the application, find the TESOL Endorsement Non-Degree Track - ND8887.

To find ND8887, you can click on the “Show All Program Names” tab at the top of the page and choose Linguistics – TESOL Endorsement Non-Degree Track ND8887 OR scroll down through the list of departments to the Department of Linguistics and then choose TESOL Endorsement Non-Degree Track ND8887.

After selecting the TESOL Endorsement, choose the term you want to begin. (Note: the endorsement can be completed online in 1 summer.)

Options for Completing the Program

  • Option 1: Complete all courses online in one summer (May - August)
  • Option 2: Begin online courses in the summer and continue online courses through the fall and/or spring (May - May)
  • Option 3: Complete courses on the Athens campus Fall and Spring
  • Option 4: Complete some online courses in the summer and on-campus ones in Fall and/or Spring

Tuition & Fees

Please visit the Ohio University 2017-18 Tuition Schedule and find the tuition listed toward the top under "College of Arts & Sciences."

Program Mission

The program allows students studying at the graduate level who are not enrolled in the Linguistics graduate program to become licensed to teach P-12 English Language students. Candidates must already hold a valid Ohio teaching license.

Program Learning Objectives

  • Candidates demonstrate knowledge and understanding of students of diverse cultural and language backgrounds.
  • Candidates demonstrate knowledge and understanding of English structure and usage.
  • Candidates demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the process of language learning.
  • Candidates demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the context of second (new) language acquisition in the United States.
  • Candidates know and demonstrate knowledge of and skills in the assessment of second (new) language learners.
  • Candidates demonstrate knowledge of and skills in the instruction of linguistically diverse learners.
  • Candidates observe, participate and practice teaching in second (new) language instruction in classroom settings with experienced certified/licensed teachers having TESOL validation endorsement.

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