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EFL/ESL Teacher Training

Graduate Certificate

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Advancements in technology, combined with globalization of business and communication, continue to broaden the spectrum of environments where teachers skilled in English as a foreign language (EFL) or English as a second language (ESL) are needed. As the demand or EFL/ESL teachers increases, so too does the demand for qualified individuals to train future EFL/ESL teachers.

The IU Online Graduate Certificate in EFL/ESL Teacher Training is designed for both new and experienced teachers to train colleagues through its emphasis on mentoring, supervision, and literacy coaching. As a student in the program, you take courses in approaches to instruction and assessment, language policy and planning, and mentorship and literacy coaching of EFL/ESL teachers. You also complete a practicum in language education.

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 
  • Non-profit organizations 
  • Private tutoring companies 
  • International business settings   

Certificate Requirements

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 purse the IU Online MS 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.



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

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states.

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) 


EDUC-L 525Practicum in Literacy, Culture, and Language Education3 Credits
EDUC-L 540ESL/EFL Instruction and Assessment Approaches3 Credits
EDUC-L 547Language Policy and Planning3 Credits
EDUC-A 515Educational Leadership: Teacher Development and Evaluation3 Credits
EDUC-L 546Mentorship and Literacy Coaching of EFL/ESL Teachers3 Credits

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Tuition & Fees

Cost for Indiana Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $350.00
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1050.00

Note: Additional fees will apply. This program is ineligible for financial aid.

Cost for Out of State Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $490.00
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1470.00
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