TESOL is an acronym for Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages and is used to describe the teaching of English as a second language (ESL) or foreign language (EFL). The Dallas Theological Seminary TESOL Certificate prepares students for teaching ESL in the United States and EFL overseas. The TESOL Certificate can be used for teaching English in educational and business settings, but it does not qualify students to teach in the U.S. public school system.

The TESOL Certificate at Dallas Theological Seminary provides a course of study for:

  • Christian workers who desire a short program of graduate studies to equip them for teaching English to speakers of other languages
  • Missionary candidates who anticipate serving in countries where TESOL skills can provide a platform for entry, access and ministry
  • Dallas Theological Seminary students and spouses who anticipate using TESOL skills as a platform for intercultural ministry in the United States


Educational Goals

  • To equip students academically and professionally for teaching English as a second language outside the U.S. public school system.

Spiritual Goals

  • To enable students to evidence an increasing likeness to Christ as manifested in fulfilling God’s commands to “love thy neighbor as thyself” and to “go into all the world and preach the good news.”

Ministry Goals

  • To enable students to evidence an interest and involvement in English instruction as a platform for intercultural ministry.
  • To enable students to instruct people from different cultures and appreciate and love them regardless of differences.
  • To equip students with training that facilitates access to peoples and regions that are closed to the Gospel but open to the English language.

Admission Requirements

The TESOL Certificate is open to all students enrolled at Dallas Theological Seminary, including non-degree and CGS students.

Course Requirements

Students must complete the following Missiology & Intercultural Ministries (MIM) courses and Ministry Formation Internship courses to be eligible for the TESOL certificate:

  • MIM5620 Dynamics of TESOL – 3 hours
  • INT5205 TESOL Ministry Formation Internship – 1 hour
  • MIM5210 Intercultural Communication – 3 hours
  • It is recommended but not required that students also take MIM5205 Cultural Dynamics in Ministry – 3 hours.

Some TESOL courses may count toward other degree program requirements. For example, MIM5210 is required for the MAIS and ThM Intercultural Ministry emphasis. For more information, consult the Registrar’s Office or Department of Missiology & Intercultural Ministries.

Transfer Credits

Students must have earned a grade of C (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) or better for a course to be considered for transfer. Transferability of credits earned at Dallas Theological Seminary and transferred to another institution is at the discretion of the receiving institution. Consult the Registrar’s Office for information on eligibility for transfer credit.