Certificate in ENL/ESL Teaching (Online)

Literacy, Culture, and Language Education

Certificate in English as a Foreign Language/ English as a Second Language (EFL/ESL) Teaching (Online)

In an increasingly interconnected and global business environment, the demand for English As a Foreign Language (EFL) and English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers is growing rapidly. Since 2002, there has been a 300-percent increase in demand for EFL teachers in countries such as China, Taiwan, and South Korea. Meanwhile, in the United States, there are more than 5 million students who need help learning English.

Now, you can earn a graduate-level certificate in the specialty of EFL/ESL instruction. This 12-credit hour program is designed for both new and experienced teachers. You can choose between the EFL/ESL Teaching Program, designed for students who wish to teach EFL/ESL students, or the EFL/ESL Teacher Trainer Program, for students who want to train future EFL/ESL teachers.

  • Application Deadline
    FallMar 1Mar 1
    SpringNov 1Sep 1
    SummerMar 1N/A
  • Admissions Requirements
    • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
    • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 out of 4.00
    • Completed online application that includes:
      • Transcripts
      • Personal Statement
      • 1 Letter of Recommendation
      • GRE Scores:
        • Not required for domestic students
        • Not required for international students
      • Resume:
        • Required for domestic students
        • Required for international students
      • TOEFL score from last two years*

      *International students only

    Learn more about specific admissions requirements

If you choose to pursue a master’s degree in Literacy, Culture, and Language Education, your certificate course work may apply to your degree requirements.

Please note that if you are a current Master's degree student and hope to graduate with the EPDE certificate, you should have applied for the EPDE and complete its four courses before you graduate. Once a student graduates with a Master's degree, any courses used for that degree cannot be used toward the certificate. Likewise, if you are a doctoral student, you should apply and take all four EPDE courses before you graduate. As a doctoral student, all courses used in your Master's program cannot be used toward the EPDE certificate.