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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
    • Total Diploma Credit Hours: 24
    • 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

    Admission Requirements

    • Official transcripts from all previously attended colleges and universities. Send a completed transcript release form for each college you've attended to the PGS enrollment team, and we'll request your transcripts!
    • Minimum 2.7 G.P.A. in undergraduate course work and a completed bachelor's degree
    • Two letters of recommendation
    • Professional resume
  • English Language Proficiency

    If your primary language is not English, you must submit a TOEFL or IELTS score.

    For admission to Cornerstone's TESOL Graduate Diploma program, you must achieve one of the following minimum scores:

    • Paper-based TOEFL test: 577
    • Computer-based TOEFL test: 233
    • Internet-based TOEFL test: 90-91
    • Minimum IELTS score: 7.0

    Cost Breakdown

    To understand the total estimated cost for the TESOL Graduate Diploma program, visit our tuition and fees page or review the breakdown of expenses:

    • Tuition: $515 per credit
    • Educational Resources: $85 per course
    • Application Fee: $25

    • Cost Per Three Credit Course: $1,630
    • Total Estimated Cost: $13,065

Program Courses and Catalog

The TESOL Graduate Diploma requires completion of the following courses:

  • LIN-501: Issues in TESOL—2 credit hours, 3 sessions
  • LIN-565: TESOL Methodology I—3 credit hours, 5 sessions
  • LIN-525: Introduction to Linguistics—3 credit hours, 6 sessions
  • LIN-535: Advanced English Grammar—3 credit hours, 6 sessions
  • LIN-555: Sociolinguistics—3 credit hours, 6 sessions
  • LIN-556: Second Language Acquisition—3 credit hours, 6 sessions
  • LIN-566: TESOL Methodology II—2 credit hours, 3 sessions
  • LIN-594: TESOL Capstone—5 credit hours, 7 sessions

View our Graduate Academic Catalog and Student Handbook for graduation requirements and course descriptions.

Your Next Step

Join a cohort of professionals on the path toward advancement. To begin, submit your application now or schedule an appointment with an enrollment counselor.

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