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

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

Through in-depth, interdisciplinary coursework and practice, this online certificate program prepares graduates to teach English to speakers in diverse instructional settings where English is a second, foreign, or international language.

At a Glance

How many courses?

This program consists of 4 courses for a total of 12 credits.

What is the format?

The certificate program is offered entirely online.

Please note: The TESOL Certificate does not provide or replace a K-12 teaching license. 

What sets us apart

Our flexible curriculum is offered online

The program prepares students to apply the principles of TESOL using instructional technology

This certificate program meets the current needs for TESOL across the globe

Each course has a unique capstone project that invites students to apply theory in TESOL learning environments


In addition to a rigorous graduate-level curriculum that imparts a firm foundation in teaching English to speakers of other languages, our non-licensure TESOL certificate program has unique features that offer a balance of theory and practice in teaching English to speakers of other languages. Boston College’s Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) is not a state-approved program and will not lead to endorsement or licensure. 


  • Courses: 4
  • Credits: 12
  • Capstone Project




The certificate program is open to students who are registered in BC’s graduate and professional schools.


Rolling Admissions

Application & Deadlines

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Deadline: Rolling admissions

Note: Certificate Program applications are considered on a rolling basis; however, preference for enrollment in selected certificate courses is given to students already accepted into the program, so applying as early as possible is recommended.  As well, if you are enrolled in a one-year Master's program, please submit your application early in the Fall semester.


In addition to your academic history and relevant work experience, please include:

  • Any teaching or counseling experience (including any licenses already held);
  • Any social justice related experience; 
  • Any language skills other than English (especially Spanish language skills) and;
  • Any research experience or publications

Personal Statement

To be uploaded to your online Application Form.

In 1,000-1,500 words, describe your academic and professional goals, any experience relevant to this program, and your future plans, expectations, and aspirations.


All official undergraduate and graduate transcripts must be sent to our office before the application deadline. Please note the following:

  • Only official sealed (unopened) transcripts are acceptable. An official postsecondary transcript must be printed on official institutional paper and include at least one of the following: an institutional watermark, the registrar’s signature, or the registrar's seal.

  • Copies and unofficial transcripts sent directly from applicants are not acceptable, the transcript must come directly from the institution.

  • If you are a current student and have not completed your undergraduate and/or graduate degree, the most updated version of your transcript is acceptable.

Official electronic transcripts are accepted when sent directly to gsoe@bc.edu from the institution. When requesting electronic transcripts, you must manually type in gsoe@bc.edu to ensure it is received by our office. 

Mailed transcript(s) should be sent to the following address:

Lynch Office of Graduate Admissions, Boston College
Campion Hall 135
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

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