Kansas State University

Global Campus

Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) for Adult Learners


1615 Anderson Avenue

Manhattan, KS 66502

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Graduate Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) for Adult Learners

Format: Online

Program Description:

Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) for Adult Learners Graduate Certificate

The graduate certificate in teaching English as a second language (TESL) for adult learners emphasizes instructional methods and principles of learning that promote linguistic, cognitive and academic development for culturally and linguistically diverse adult learners in various educational settings.

Globalization and changing demographics in the U.S. have made English literacy programs one of the fastest growing areas in adult education. This graduate certificate is designed for adult educators who work with second language learners but have had no formal education specific to adult learners or English as a second language. 

More information about this program is also available on the Adult Education at K-State blog. The blog includes resources for prospective and current students.

Careers in Teaching English as a Second Language to Adult Learners

Graduates of the TESL for adult learners program enjoy careers as instructors at community colleges, adult basic education centers and private businesses.


Kansas State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools 30 N. LaSalle St. Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602. The Professional Education Unit at Kansas State University is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE).

Facts & Figures

# of Credits Required: 18

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): 563 USD

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Remote Town

Size & Settings: 20,000-39,999

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