Frequently Asked Questions


Here are answers to some of our most frequently asked questions.

Certificate Overview

The program is currently admitting students on a rolling bias with three start dates a year, in fall, spring and summer.

You will chose one of three options to complete the program

  • 15-week On-Campus Course Sequence available fall or spring semester
  • 4-week Study Abroad Course
  • 4-week Summer Language Program
Our program is designed to be in-person and all courses are held either on-campus at Gonzaga University or on-site through our Study Abroad program.
Many of our students have gone on to teach other languages, like French, Spanish, Arabic, and Chinese. We focus mainly on English (and it's the language of instruction) but we welcome any candidate who are interested in learning about the best ways to teach and learn.
Yes. You are required to spend a minimum of 20 hours working with English learners in a variety of settings, which we will arrange for you, in one-on-one, whole class, and virtual settings.
This program does not lead to teacher certification. If you are interested in becoming a K-12 teacher, please explore our Master in Teaching program to learn about certification pathways.
Teaching language is complex. Just being able to speak a language does not mean you know how to teach it effectively. The TESOL Certificate gives you the knowledge and skills you need to help students communicate.

You may also consider our M.A. TESOL program for an even more robust experience.
The TESOL Certificate is designed for students to be able to complete the minimum requirements for language schools abroad.

It is not essential, but it makes a candidate for a job abroad more competitive.


No, you can take the course for undergraduate or graduate credit. 
No. The program assumes no prior knowledge of language teaching.
A GRE score is not required. Faculty consider each application holistically.
Yes, all credit earned in the Certificate program will be transferred into the MA TESOL program when you are ready to apply.

You may also use your Certificate program for undergraduate credit.

Why Gonzaga?

Yes, Gonzaga is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Schools (NWCCS). Gonzaga is also member of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities.
  • Our Connection with the Spokane community through our GECO program and the Summer Language Program'
  • Study abroad option
  • Hands on teaching
  • Support in finding a teaching position
  •  Instruction and mentorship from experienced faculty
  • Multiple opportunities to interact with multilingual English learners
Jesuits have been educating people since 1540, and Gonzaga's Master's programs continue to offer the opportunity to pursue a degree that strives to educate the whole person: intellectually, spiritually, physically and emotionally.

Gonzaga was founded in 1887 and continues to pursue a mission of educating leaders with a mind for social justice and the capacity for reflective and critical thought.
With a river running right through downtown and four distinct seasons, Washington state's second largest city lives up to its motto: "Near Nature, Near Perfect."

Spokane offers abundant green space and easy access to numerous lakes, ski resorts, mountains and bike paths.

Along with access to endless outdoor recreational activities, you’ll enjoy big city attractions like shopping and entertainment without the congestion or expense of living in a larger metropolitan area.

Gonzaga’s campus is just a short walk to downtown.