Indiana University has a long-standing reputation in the area of language studies, and the certificate in TESOL and Second Language Acquisition is a good choice if you plan to teach English abroad. You will receive training in research-based approaches and can pick up a TESOL credential at no additional cost as part of your IU degree.
It is useful to understand that there are many different types of certificates in the field of TESOL, so potential employers tend to examine each applicant’s credentials on a case-by-case basis. Some employers require a minimum of 100 hours of TESOL instruction. The IU certificate in TESOL and Second Language Acquisition, which includes practicum experience, is much more comprehensive than the average private TESOL or TEFL course. On average, the IU certificate involves at least 320 contact hours, excluding homework, exams, etc. The certificate is fully transcripted.
For job applications in this field, a brief explanation of what you studied, including any practicum experience, will often give you an edge. In addition, a letter of recommendation from university faculty counts as strong support.