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The TESOL Graduate Diploma is a 25 credit hour, 45 class session non-degree program. It is intended for those with a bachelor's degree who wish to teach English to speakers of other languages.

Please Note: This diploma does not fulfill the requirements of an initial teaching certification.

  • Overview

    • School: Adult & Graduate Studies
    • Division: TESOL
    • Degree Type: Diploma
    • Format: Online, Blended
    • Location: Grand Rapids
  • Convenient Format

    Take courses in a way that's easy for you. Classes are offered 100% online or in a blended format.

    Blended cohorts begin in July, meeting on campus for a two-day residency in Grand Rapids, Mich. In September, blended cohorts transition to online sessions to fulfill remaining course work requirements throughout the rest of the program.

    Program Courses

    This graduate diploma requires 24 credit hours of course work in linguistics and language acquisition.

    • LIN-501: Issues in TESOL
    • LIN-565: TESOL Methodology I
    • LIN-525: Introduction to Linguistics
    • LIN-535: Advanced English Grammar
    • LIN-555: Sociolinguistics
    • LIN-556: Second Language Acquisition
    • LIN-566: TESOL Methodology II
    • LIN-594: TESOL Capstone


    Full course descriptions are available in the Graduate Academic Catalog.

  • Admission Requirements

    • Official college and/or military transcripts*
    • Minimum 2.7 G.P.A. in undergraduate course work and a completed bachelor's degree
    • Two letters of recommendation
    • Professional resume
    • International Students: TOEFL or IELTS score

    *Tip: Send us a transcript release for each college you've attended, and we'll request your transcripts!

    Cost Breakdown

    Expenses for this graduate diploma include tuition, educational resources and an application fee.

    • Tuition: $515 per credit
    • Educational Resources: $85 per course
    • Application Fee: $25
    • Cost Per Three Credit Course: $1,630
    • Total Estimated Cost: $13,065

    For more information on the total cost of this graduate diploma, review our tuition and fees.