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TESOL Graduate Certificate

In addition to the enhanced professional status that the Certificate in the Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) brings, this Certificate will enable the holder to meet the 18-hour SACS requirement to teach at the College level.

This certificate is ideal for students who either already hold a completed graduate degree or are actively in the process of earning a graduate degree and wish to earn this certificate in conjunction with their degree. If you have not completed or are not actively enrolled in a graduate program, our full Master's in Applied Linguistics with emphasis in TESOL might be the better alternative for you than the certificate. Learn more about our master's at



Please visit this LINK for certificate requirements.

  • Ensure you complete the required coursework for the certificate.
  • Maintain a 3.0 overall GPA.
  • After you complete all the requirements (if you are also enrolled in a graduate program, this may be done before you complete your graduate degree) complete this electronic FORM. This will ensure that the name of the certificate is listed on your official transcripts. The Graduate School will also mail your certificate to the address provided on the above form.


Both the Graduate Certificate in TESOL and the Master's in Applied Linguistics-TESOL can be completed 100% online or even face-to-face in Commerce, TX.

Courses are offered:

  • Online
  • Main TAMUC campus in Commerce, TX


We do not have an application deadline. 

New Student Graduate Certificate Application Process:

New students applying for a Graduate Certificate: click the Apply Texas application link and complete a Graduate Certificate application. In Apply Texas you will be asked to select your "Major Area of Interest/Specialty." This is where you will select the graduate certificate you wish to pursue.

Current Student Graduate Certificate Application Process: 

Current A&M-Commerce Graduate Students may add a Graduate Certificate to their plan of study by submitting a Graduate Certificate Admission Request Application.

Keep two things in mind about pursuing a graduate certificate:

  • Students only pursuing a certificate are not eligible for financial aid.
  • International students need admission in a graduate program to pursue a certificate.


Considering a Master’s or Doctoral degree? You can earn this certificate in conjunction with your graduate degree! Each course in your certificate will count towards your course requirements in the Master’s in Applied Linguistics with emphasis in TESOL, Master's in English, and PhD in English. Other University graduate programs outside of those listed above may also count your certificate coursework towards their degree.



Texas A&M University-Commerce is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), one of the six regional accreditation organizations recognized by the United States Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

To teach grades K-12 ESL in the USA, an ESL teacher certification is required. This program will NOT provide you with teacher certification for USA schools K-12. Rather, this program prepares you to teach adults both in the USA and in the rest of the world. However, we have many students in the program that currently hold ESL teacher certification and find this program to be a great complement to their work in the K-12 classroom. If you are interested in a Texas teacher ESL certification program for K-12, that may be obtained at our University by contacting our Educator Certification Office.