Teaching English as a Foreign Language

Volume 1: 2021.2022

Effective 1 June 2021 through 31 May 2022

Please see the Graduate Catalog Archives for PDF versions of past catalogs.

Graduate Certificate
21 Credit Hours

This program is offered by the School of Education. It is available online, at the St. Louis home campus and at select international campuses. Please see the Campus Locations and Offerings section of this catalog for a list of campuses where this program is offered.

For information on the general requirements for a certificate, see Certificate Program Policies and Procedures under the Academic Policies section of this catalog.

Program Description

All students pursuing the Webster certificate in teaching english as a foreign language (TEFL) will be considered degree-seeking students and will have the option to pursue the MA in teaching English as a second language (TESL) with an emphasis in ESL/EFL education within 5 years from the start of their TESL coursework.

See also:


  • TESL 5230 Second Language Acquisition (3 hours)
  • TESL 5139 English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Methods (3 hours)
  • TESL 5220 Curriculum Development in Second Language Classrooms (3 hours)
  • TESL 5350 Language and Culture (3 hours)
  • TESL 5710 Grammar for ESL/EFL Teachers
    or TESL 5720 Teaching English Pronunciation (3 hours)
  • TESL 5040 Practicum in ESOL (taken at the end of the program) (3 hours)

Electives (3 credit hours):

  • TESL 5311 Principles and Practices of Language Testing (3 hours)
  • TESL 5030 Language History, Planning, and Policy (3 hours)
  • TESL 5710 Grammar for ESL/EFL Teachers (3 hours)
  • TESL 5720 Teaching English Pronunciation (3 hours)
  • COMM 5340 Language Arts Seminars: Teaching Language and Language Issues (3 hours)
  • COMM 5344 Introduction to Linguistics (3 hours)
  • COMM 5199 Teaching Writing (3 hours)


See the Admission section of this catalog for general admission requirements. Students interested in applying must submit their application online at Transcripts should be sent from your institution electronically to If this service is not available, send transcripts to:

Office of Admission
Webster University
470 E. Lockwood Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63119 

Additional Requirements

Requirements for admission to the teaching English as a foreign language certificate program include:

  • Undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  • Receipt of official transcripts from the baccalaureate-granting institution.
  • Essay.