Department of Modern Languages

The University of Mississippi

TESOL Certificate

The TESL graduate certificate program is designed for students seeking add-on endorsements to their current teaching certifications, for students seeking to teach English overseas, for students preparing for graduate training in TESL, applied linguistics, or a related field, and for students who would like to add to their professional expertise or gain knowledge of the discipline.  On campus and Online!

To complete the certificate program, students must complete 18 credit hours.

The coursework consists of 18 credit hours of 500- and 600-level courses from TESL. Graduate coursework must include TESL 542, TESL 645 and either TESOL 600 or LING 504.  The additional 9 credit hours of coursework may be chosen from the following electives: TESL 531, 535, 547, 550, 552, 545, 592, 620, 630, 640, 646, 689 and 695 and/or 500- or 600- level courses in LING, MLLL, ENGL and fields of Education.  Please note that students may complete the required coursework for ESL endorsement while they pursue their TESL Certificate; however, once they complete the required coursework, they must contact Dr. Whitney Webb at to apply for ESL Endorsement.

Other Academic Requirements: Students must maintain a B average in their course work or subjected to probation and/or expulsion from the program.

Admission Requirements
A) Students applying to the TESOL Certificate program should submit the following materials online to:

The University of Mississippi Graduate School

  • A complete graduate school application for admission that can be found online at:
  • One official transcript from each university/ college attended
  • A $50 application fee
  • International students must also submit their official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores (a minimum score of 80 for the internet-based test is preferred).

B) The following supporting materials should be uploaded to the graduate school application interface or sent via email to:

Tamara Warhol, Ph.D.
Graduate Program Coordinator, AL/TESOL

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • A statement of purpose which includes a rationale for your graduate studies, a summary of teaching, second or foreign language study, travel or work abroad, and any other relevant information
  • Two academic letters of recommendation  (sent directly from the recommenders)

C) International students only should also submit a financial statement which certifies funds for educational and living expenses to:

International Programs Office
University of Mississippi
University, MS 38677

Deadline: Selection for admission to the program occurs throughout the year. It is recommended that you complete the application process 1-2 months prior to the semester in which you plan to enroll.

Financial assistance is available in the form of scholarships. For more information, please contact the Chair of the Department of Modern Languages.