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TESOL Certificate (Stay tuned for Summer 2022 Dates and Schedule)

Wheaton Graduate School

A summer training program designed for TeachBeyond personnel specializing in English language teaching. (100 hours of instruction)

The annual June on campus program offers three weeks of systematic training during the weeks before and after TeachBeyond’s Pre-Field Orientation (June 2022 dates TBD). The Certificate in TESOL includes instruction through the following courses:

  • Updated Info Announced Soon! Essentials of TESOL
    Dow. This introductory course provides fundamental principles and practices in ESL/EFL teaching. Thirty contact hours: credit or non-credit. Due to COVID-19, for summer 2020 this course will only be offered online in a distance format.

  • Updated Info Announced Soon! Essentials of Teaching English Grammar
    Dow. This course provides a foundational understanding of the English grammar system and equips participants with the skills necessary to introduce grammatical concepts to their English learners in clear, uncomplicated ways. It fulfills a 30-hour certificate but is for non-credit only.  While we run the course on campus, it may also be taken virtually.

Two options: Credit and non-credit

[2022 Dates, Courses, and Rates TBA] Teachers can take the course for two or four hours of graduate credit or non-credit. For credit students (earning at least 2 graduate credits) must register as Special Students with Wheaton College Graduate School.


  • Wheaton College: contact Laura Howard, Office & Parternship Coordinator for TESOL & Intercultural Studies
  • ICCT: contact Dianne Dow, Associate Director for ICCT
  • TeachBeyond: Contact Heather Brown, Director of Mobilization

Teaching and Mentoring Team

Dianne DowDianne Dow is the Associate Director for the Institute for Cross-Cultural Training (ICCT) at Wheaton College. She is passionate about equipping ESL teachers to meet the needs of their students and to be better prepared to handle the complexity of the language-learning classroom. She has owned her own language and communication consulting business since 1995 and provides ESL and communication training to corporate and private clients in the Peoria, IL area. With over 30 years of ESL teaching experience and 25 years of ESL teachertraining experience, she sees teaching as a calling and a mission.

Cheri PiersonDr. Cheri Pierson (Ed.D., Northern Illinois University) serves as Associate Professor of TESOL Emerita with a particular focus on teaching and supervising the practicum class. She has published several books and numerous articles in the areas of English for Specific Purposes and Theological English. Cheri and her husband Steve were international workers in Sweden for over 15 years and have extensive experience in Europe. She also teaches graduate courses in Qualitative Research and Theoretical Foundations of TESOL. A gifted mentor, Cheri works closely with her students to help them achieve success in the classroom.

Alan SeamanAlan Seaman serves as professor of TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) at Wheaton College. He has a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia and over 30 years of experience as a teacher and teacher educator. Alan worked as a high school English/ESL teacher and as an English language teacher in Egypt and China. He has traveled to present teacher training workshops for teachers in over 20 countries and was the senior editor of an EFL textbook series for children, grades PK-6.