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The TESOL Graduate Diploma is a 24 credit-hour program 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
  • Quick Facts

    • Program Length: 42 sessions
    • Delivery Format: Blended
      • Accelerated cohort model
      • Flexible, convenient learning options
      • Courses offered one at a time
    • Program Start Date: Cohorts begin in July, meeting on campus for the first two courses in Grand Rapids, Mich. In September, cohorts transition to online sessions to fulfill remaining course work requirements.
    • Application Deadline: Rolling admission

    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.