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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 each year, meeting on-campus in Grand Rapids, Mich. In January, cohorts transition to online sessions to fulfill remaining course work requirements.
    • Application Deadline: Rolling admission

    Admission Requirements

    • Submission of a completed application and non-refundable $25 applicable fee
    • 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
    • Copy of military transcripts (if applicable)
    • Two letters of recommendation
    • Professional resume
  • English Language Proficency

    Students whose primary language is not English must submit a TOEFL or IELTS score.

    For admission to Cornerstone University'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

    Tuition Costs

    To understand the total estimated cost for the TESOL Graduate Diploma program, review a breakdown of expenses:

    • Tuition Cost: $460 per credit hour
    • Technology Fee: $40 per course
    • Resource Fee: $75 per course

    "My professors and the fellow students in my cohort have had a significant impact in my life, and this program has played an important role in both pointing me toward the next steps God has for me and preparing me to take them." —Hannah Thelander (M.A. '15)

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-570 Application of Technology in TESOL (2 credit hours, 3 sessions)
  • LIN-594 TESOL Capstone (5 credit hours, 7 sessions)

For course descriptions and graduation requirements, view the 2016-17 Professional & Graduate Studies Graduate Academic Catalog.

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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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