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EFL/ESL Teacher Training, Graduate Certificate

The IU Online Graduate Certificate in EFL/ESL Teacher Training helps you gain the skills needed to work effectively with students who speak a variety of foreign languages. This fast, online program prepares you to answer the demand for qualified individuals with EFL/ESL skill sets.

Course Delivery: 100% Online

Total Credits: 12

In-State Tuition Per Credit: $350.00

Out-of-State Tuition Per Credit: $490.00

Cost of attendance may vary by campus. View the total cost calculator

Certificate Overview

As a student in the IU Online Graduate Certificate in EFL/ESL Teacher Training, you’ll follow a program of study that emphasizes mentoring, supervision, and literacy coaching in EFL/ESL environments. You’ll also take coursework in language assessment, language policy and planning, and mentorship and literacy coaching, in addition to completing a practicum in language education.

You’ll benefit from a career-focused program ranked among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. You’ll also graduate with an Indiana University certificate respected by employers worldwide—and you can work on yours anytime and anywhere. Plus, you’ll enjoy personalized support services throughout your academic journey.

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree
  2. 2.7 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

To apply to this program:

Complete an online application that includes:

  • Transcripts
  • Personal statement
  • Letter of recommendation 
  • Resume
  • TOEFL score from last two years (international students only)

This program is not eligible for financial aid. 

Your IU Online Graduate Certificate in EFL/ESL Teacher Training prepares you as an EFL/ESL teacher trainer in such areas as: 

  • Elementary, secondary, and post-secondary levels in private or public schools 
  • Life skills, literacy, or vocational training programs 
  • Nonprofit organizations 
  • Private tutoring companies 
  • International business settings   

Requirements are broken down as follows: 

  • EFL/ESL teacher training core courses (9 credit hours) 
  • EFL/ESL teacher training elective course (3 credit hours)  

NOTE: If you choose to pursue the IU Online M.S. in Literacy, Culture, and Language Education, these certificate courses may apply to your degree requirements. Completion of the certificate program does not guarantee admission to the graduate program.


Core Classes for the Graduate Certificate in EFL/ESL Teacher Training
Course Number Course Name Credits
EDUC-L 525 Practicum in Literacy, Culture, and Language Education 3 Credits
EDUC-L 540 ESL/EFL Instruction and Assessment Approaches 3 Credits
EDUC-L 547 Language Policy and Planning                                               3 Credits


Elective Classes for the Graduate Certificate in EFL/ESL Teacher Training
Course Number Course Name Credits
EDUC-A 515 Educational Leadership: Teacher Development and Evaluation 3 Credits
EDUC-L 548 Mentorship and LIteracy Coaching of EFL/ESL Teachers 3 Credits


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