Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Certificate


School of Education

The Graduate Certificate/Endorsement in PreK-12 Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) is aligned with the TESOL International Association’s standards and the State of Ohio’s TESOL standards.  This Graduate Certificate is offered completely online in response to the growing population of English language learners in U.S. classrooms and the academic demand at national and international levels.

In-service teachers who have a standard, current Ohio teaching license and teach within the State of Ohio are recommended to get the Graduate Certificate and Endorsement upon successful completion of the program.  Pre-service teachers in Ohio and those outside of the state are also recommended to get the Graduate Certificate.  Any pre-service and/or in-service teacher who wishes to teach English language learners can enroll in this graduate non-degree, professional development program.

Program Objectives

The Preschool to Grade 12 (PreK-12) Certificate/Endorsement program is geared toward individuals who are licensed in single or multiple subject areas and are interested in teaching English as a Second Language (ESL). The program is designed to meet the national TESOL standards. The aim of the program is to prepare theoretically-informed and practically-equipped, caring, committed, and competent ESL teachers, curriculum developers and consultants, as well as program administrators for domestic public and private schools.


The School of Education at the University of Cincinnati is consistently ranked as a top institution in the field of Education. Most recently, US News and World Report placed it in the top 100 Best Education Schools (2016).

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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Additional Information

Find out more about the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Endorsement curriculum.