Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages

Certificate in the Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

The TESOL program offers a four-course, 16-credit graduate certificate that prepares future teachers of English to speakers of other languages. Students are exposed to a theoretical introduction to the nature and structure of language, key factors affecting second-language acquisition, and communicative approaches to the teaching of English as a second or foreign language. This certificate is most appropriate for those who already hold advanced degrees, individuals making mid-career changes, and those who are already volunteering or working in this field.

The certificate consists of the following courses:

SED TL 509 A1 Methods of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
Current theories of second-language teaching, analysis of materials, and practice in adapting and expanding textbook lessons. Focuses on adult, college, and international teaching.

CAS EN 518 B1 Linguistic Problems in TESOL
Application of linguistic concepts to the teaching of English as a second/foreign language. Includes description of contemporary English grammatical structures that pose problems for learners and teachers.

SED LS 565 A1 Introduction to Language and Linguistics
An introduction to contemporary linguistics, including phonological and syntactic theory, sociolinguistics, first- and second-language acquisition, and discourse theory. Also covers applications of various branches of linguistics to education, including issues of different cultures in the classroom, the role of language in education, and the development of literacy.

SED LS 658 A1 Second-Language Acquisition
Research and theories of second-language acquisition. Includes research on naturalistic and classroom second-language learning.

*International applicants will not be able to acquire a student visa through this course of study.  International students in a Certificate Program must be on a valid visa that allows for part-time study.  International applicants seeking a course of study that is permissible for a full-time student visa should review information on our Master’s, CAGS, and Doctor of Education graduate programs.

To start an application and review admissions requirements, please visit the Admissions section of our website.

  • Faculty Contact Information: Professor Marnie Reed, tesol@bu.edu
  • Graduate Admissions Contact Information : sedgrad@bu.edu, 617-353-4237

Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate students at the School of Education benefit from the community feel of a small school along with the resources of a large university. Our students are in the field in both urban and suburban schools as early as their first year at SED.

Graduate Students

Talented graduate students from around the world prepare to become teachers, counselors, administrators, and more in as little as one year at the School of Education. Our students engage in diverse aspects of education both in the classroom and the field.