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TESOL Certificate/Endorsement

Supporting multilingual students and their learning!

Teach and Engage Multilingual Students

The Programs in TESOL offer professional training to students planning to teach English as a foreign language in a variety of settings:

  • TESOL certificate that will allow them to teach EFL abroad or teach ESL local programs from immigrants and refugees
  • Endorsement in TESOL added to an existing Ohio teaching license and teach in the public school system
  • M.Ed in TESOL in order to teach overseas, at community college ESL programs, or private schools
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Time to Complete

Each course is offered once a year in Fall, Spring, Summer

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  • Certificate in TESOL (Graduate or Undergraduate) - 15 credits
  • Endorsement (Graduate or Undergraduate) - 12 to 15 credits
  • M.ED. Curriculum and Instruction – Literacy Development – TESOL Specialization - 35 credits

Program Highlights

Multilingual students in the US and abroad benefit from faculty who are trained in second language pedagogy and take into account who their students are. During the TESOL program, you will learn how to teach and engage multilingual learners.

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Learning Methodology

Students can take classes at their own pace. Students can take 1 course or 2-3 courses per semester.

Admissions Requirements

  1. Apply for admission to Cleveland State University
  2. One official copy of transcripts from all institutions where you obtained a bachelor’s degree;
  3. A cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or above is required if degree is less than 1-5 years, GPA 3.0 if your degree is over 6 years.

International Students: Must obtain a TOFEL score of 65 (interest-based) or 525 (written exam), or equivalent in IELTS or ITEP proficiency tests. Students will have the opportunity to take ESL courses in the English Language Institute at CSU to improve their skills. Completion of the advanced level with a grade of 80% or above in CSU’s Intensive Language Program. Students with extended teaching experience may petition to waive EDC 500 & EST 573.


TESOL Certificate Required Courses (12-15 credits)

EDL 406/506Second Language Learning & Pedagogy3 Credits
EDL 407/507TESOL Methods and Materials3 Credits
EDL 408/508Applied Linguistics for Teachers3 Credits
EDL 409/509Assessment and Evaluation in the ESL/Bilingual Classroom3 Credits
EDL 410/510 OR
EST 573*
Pedagogical Grammar OR
Practicum in TESOL
3 Credits

*Students may choose to do a practicum in place of EDL 410/510 requires a placement at an approved TESOL site.

TESOL Endorsement Required Courses (15 Credits)

EDL 406/506Second Language Learning Pedagogy3 Credits
EDL 407/507TESOL Methods and Materials3 Credits
EDL 408/508Applied Linguistics for Teachers3 Credits
EDL 409/509Assessment and Evaluation in the ESL/Bilingual Classroom3 Credits
EST 373/573*Practicum in TESOL3 Credits

*EST 373/573 may be waived.

M.ED. Curriculum and Instruction – Literacy Development – TESOL Specialization (21 credits for specialization, 35 credits for M.ED.)

 TESOL Specialization Courses 
EDC 500Diversity in Educational Setting3 Credits
EDL 506Second Language Learning Pedagogy3 Credits
EDL 507Instructional Methods in TESOL3 Credits
EDL 508Applied Linguistics for Teachers3 Credits
EDL 509Assessment and Evaluation in the ESL/Bilingual Classroom3 Credits
EDL 510Pedagogical Grammar3 Credits
EST 573Practicum in TESOL3 Credits


 College Core: Educational Research and Technology 
EDB 601Research in Education and Human Services3 Credits
ETE 501Technology Strand2 Credits


 College Core: Social Foundations (Choose One) 
EDB 604Equity in Community and Classroom Settings: Promoting Youth and Young Adult Well-Being3 Credits
EDB 606Philosophy of Education3 Credits
EDB 608Political Landscape of Education: Tools for Policy Analysis and Advocacy3 Credits
EDB 609 Comparative & International Education3 Credits


 College Core: Human Development (Choose One) 
EDC 501Child Development3 Credits
EDB 620Psychology of the Adolescent Learner3 Credits
EDB 628Psychology of Learning & Instruction3 Credits
ALD 605Adult Learning & Development Theories and Practice3 Credits


 Curriculum and Instruction Core 
EDB 612Curriculum Theory & Instruction3 Credits
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Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition and financial aid for CSU programs are kept competitive so you can receive the education you deserve. Tuition for online programs and courses follows the same fee structure as traditional, on-campus programs and courses. Current CSU Graduate tuition costs can be found on the Bursar’s website.

Approximately 70% of CSU’s students receive some form of financial assistance. The University participates in or administers all the major federal and state grant and loan programs. In addition, CSU provides University grants and scholarships.

To begin the financial aid process, you will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You must file a FAFSA every year after January 1st to receive your financial aid. Cleveland State University’s financial aid school code is 003032.

If you have any questions, visit the Financial Aid section of CSU’s website, or contact the Financial Aid office.



For our professors, teaching isn’t a profession — it’s a passion. More than 90% of our full-time professors hold the highest degree in their fields. The faculty members who teach online are the same faculty members who teach our traditional, on-campus courses. All faculty members schedule time to meet or talk with students, and they are eager to provide students with personal attention and feedback. 

Our faculty’s outstanding achievements in research and scholarship are reflected in an overall increase in research funding. In addition, faculty present their work in nationally and internationally renowned journals, and as speakers at seminal conferences in their fields. For more information on individual CSU faculty, see Cleveland State University Faculty Profile index.

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Student Success Coaching

At CSU, you will be paired with a Student Success Coach to support you on your journey from acceptance into a program to graduation. Coaches help with:

  • Time management
  • Study strategies
  • Focus techniques
  • Work-life balance
  • Academic support resources
  • Navigating University policies and procedures
  • Resolving issues and locating the right resources

Student Success Coaches will reach out to you for a welcome call early in your program. Coaches can help you create an academic success plan with strategies and goals that will help you be successful. Student Success Coaches are available to you throughout your program. Student Success Coaches do not replace academic advisors or other counselors, but rather work as a team with them to provide you with all the right resources.

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