Undergraduate TESL Certificate Online Program Share Your Love of Language


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100% online,* 8-week courses

Transfer in up to 50% of the certificate total

English is quickly becoming the world’s dominant language in business, education, and society as a whole. More and more people find themselves needing to learn English to thrive in their jobs and everyday lives.

Do you want to help meet the growing need for English as a Second Language (ESL) instructors? If so, Liberty’s online undergraduate Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) Certificate can help! Our program is designed to equip you with a theoretical and practical understanding of second language acquisition. You can learn how to help non-native English speakers strengthen their written and oral communication skills.

Prepare to face the challenges of working in cross-cultural and cross-linguistic settings. With this certificate program, you can build on your previous education or work experience and prepare to make a difference in the lives of others.

Working as an ESL teacher can be a rewarding experience. We’re excited to partner with you as you take this important step in your academic journey!

Please note: This is a non-licensure program.

*Some exclusions apply. Please refer to our exclusions page for more information.

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  • Private Nonprofit University
  • 600+ Online Degrees
  • No Standardized Testing for Admission
  • Transfer in up to 75% of an Undergrad Degree
  • Transfer in up to 50% of a Grad/Doctoral Degree

Our English teaching certificate is available 100% online. You can complete your coursework from the comfort of your home while still gaining access to the same rigorous training offered in our residential classes. If you are currently living overseas or working full time, then we offer the flexibility you need to achieve your academic goals!

At only 18 credit hours, you can complete Liberty’s online certificate in English as a Second Language in less than 1 year! And, if you later decide to further your education, credits from this certificate can transfer into our online BS in Teaching English as a Second Language degree.

At Liberty, we seek to Train Champions for Christ. To fulfill this mission, we offer online courses taught from a biblical perspective. We don’t just train educators — we equip qualified professionals who want to use their skills in service to God and others. It’s about who you are and who you aspire to become. If you want to learn how to integrate ethical principles with industry best practices, Liberty can help!

In this online TESL certificate program, you will explore core topics in applied grammar, linguistics, and second language acquisition. You’ll also learn how to design various activities and class exercises that can help make language learning fun for your students.

To work as an ESL educator, it’s vital that you understand not only English but also the syntax and phonology of other major languages. That way, you can develop lesson plans that take into account your students’ cultural background and primary language. Liberty can help you get training in these essential skills so you can pursue teaching jobs around the globe.

Before graduating, you will complete an internship under faculty supervision so you can gain practical, hands-on experience. Partner with us and prepare to help English-language learners gain the skills they need to thrive!

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Speak to one of our admissions specialists to help you choose the program that best fits your needs.

Your success is our success, which is why we are committed to providing quality academics at an affordable tuition rate. While other colleges are increasing their tuition, we have frozen tuition rates for the majority of our undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs for the past 9 years – and counting.

To continue our mission of providing affordable education, electronic textbooks are provided for all undergraduate courses at no cost to you. As a full-time student, this could save you an estimated $800-2,000 per year on textbooks!

Undergraduate Full Time $390/Credit
Undergraduate Part Time $455/Credit
Military Undergraduate $250/Credit

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Liberty University is dedicated to providing world-class educational experiences to military students across the globe.

Who May Qualify?

  • Active Duty
  • Reserve/National Guard
  • Veterans/Retirees
  • Spouses of Service Members and Veterans/Retirees
  • Current Department of Defense Employees

Available Benefits:

  • Tuition discounts – $250 per credit hour for undergraduate courses
  • Additional discount for veterans who service in a civilian capacity as a First Responder (less than $565 per course)*
  • 8-week courses, 8 different start dates each year, and no set login times (may exclude certain courses such as practicums, internships, or field experiences)
  • Potential college credit for military training

*Not applicable to certificates.