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Certificate in TESOL

If you have a passion for teaching English and want to engage with diverse audiences of students, the undergraduate TESOL Certificate program at Indiana Wesleyan University was designed for you. With this TESOL certificate program, students can channel their passion for teaching into a career helping students learn the beautiful but complex English language.

Why Pursue My TESOL Certificate at IWU?

There are several benefits to pursuing your TESOL certificate at IWU. This accredited degree program is taught by faculty with experience teaching English to speakers of other languages in all types of classroom settings. We also provide complete student services, from tech support to tutoring, and full-time chaplains, to help ensure your success in this TESOL certificate program. Students learn from expert faculty who will become mentors in the faith, integrating classroom learning with biblical truths for a Christ-centered environment that encourages spiritual growth.

What Will I Learn in this Undergraduate TESOL Certificate Program?

The courses in this TESOL certificate are designed to help students become effective teachers who inspire diverse classrooms of students to learn the English language. Course topics in this program cover several essential areas, including foundations of TESOL, second language acquisition, assessment, testing, and more.

What Makes IWU Different?

Education Pioneer

IWU has provided on-campus education for more than 100 years.

Rooted in Christ

Faith-integrated curriculum and a commitment to changing the world.

Superior Support

Center for Student Success for counseling, tutoring, and more!

What You Will Study in This TESOL Certificate Education

Coursework for this TESOL certificate program covers how to:

  • Learn effective teaching and leadership skills to engage students from diverse cultural backgrounds
  • Understand how to use the latest teaching technology required in today’s digital classrooms
  • Learn effective skills in assessment and testing to produce optimal learning outcomes
  • Apply biblical principles to your career teaching English to speakers of other languages

After Graduation
Potential Careers

  • Traditional Classroom Teaching
  • Hybrid (Classroom/Online) Teaching
  • Online Courses Teaching

Work in Various Industries

  • Industries

Program Requirements


The TESOL Certificate is available for current IWU undergraduates who are not TESOL majors, TESOL Education Majors, TESOL minors, or Elementary Education majors with TESOL concentration.

Earning the certificate requires completion of the following courses and internship.


TSL-260 TESOL Internship

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ENG-170 Introduction to Language


TSL-203 Foundations of TESOL


TSL-305 Second Language Acquisition


TSL-350 TESOL Assessment and Testing


EDU-382TE Methods of Teaching Sr High/Jr High/ Middle School Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages


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Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC),, 312-263-0456. Other accreditations and associations of Indiana Wesleyan University are available at


*Effective 07-01-2023 through 06-30-2024

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