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A graduate certificate in TESOL from MU can help you advance your teaching career in contexts where English is taught as a second or foreign language. If want to help non-native speakers tap the possibilities offered by the English language, this may be the program for you.

Quick facts

Official name

Graduate certificate in teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL)


University of Missouri

Program type

Graduate certificate

Academic home

College of Education | Department of Learning, Teaching and Curriculum

Delivery mode

100% online


Higher Learning Commission, Teacher Education Accreditation Council

Credit hours


Estimated cost


*This cost is for illustrative purposes only. Your hours and costs will differ, depending on your transfer hours, your course choices and your academic progress. See more about tuition and financial aid.

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Career prospects

This certificate has potential benefits for

  • English language instructors
  • Language program administrators
  • Language testers
  • Writers for educational materials
Median salary

Program structure

Delivery of this program is 100 percent online: no campus visits are required.

Courses are generally semester-based. Students typically take one or two classes per semester and earn their graduate certificates in under two years.

Course work includes

  • Structure of the English language
  • How languages are used and learned
  • Design and implementation of tasks to facilitate language learning

Note: This program does not confer K–12 ESOL certification in any U.S. state. If you are interested in pursuing Missouri K-12 ESOL certification, visit the Missouri K-12 ESOL certification preparation page for more information.


100% online

Calendar system


Typical program length

2 years

Typical course load

1 or 2 classes each semester


The University of Missouri is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. The College of Education is a member of the Teacher Education Accreditation Council.

Learn more about this program

This program is administered by the Department of Learning, Teaching and Curriculum