TESOL Certificate

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Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, or TESOL, is the professional qualification for teaching English as a second or foreign language. Recognized internationally, this certification prepares teachers with the tools to evaluate and apply the most effective methods for English language learners.

Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages   

The TESOL certificate program is designed to provide participants with a foundation of practical pedagogy, linguistic knowledge, and classroom experience to prepare for a job as a language instructor in an intercultural environment. No prior knowledge or teaching experience is required to enroll in the program.

The seminar course includes lecture and discussion, materials development sessions and workshops for participants to develop a teaching portfolio for their job search.  This is followed by a supervised teaching practicum arranged by the students in a school or educational setting with non-English speaking students either in the U.S. or abroad. Participants who successfully complete the seminar course and practicum will receive a TESOL certificate.

Where in the world are past Summer TESOL Certificate graduates?

Graduates of our TESOL classes have gone on to teach in international locations including: China, Morocco and Thailand.  Others have stayed here in the U.S. to teach English to recently arrived immigrant families at adult learning centers or to children in schools.

TESOL Courses

X.EDUC-406 | TESOL Seminar: Foundations of Effective Teaching

Description: This is the first of a two-course TESOL program designed to provide participants with a foundation of practical pedagogy, linguistic knowledge, and classroom experience to prepare for a job as an English language instructor in an intercultural environment. The course includes lecture and discussion, materials development sessions, and teaching workshops. Participants will develop a teaching portfolio for use in their job search and receive a certificate of completion if they successfully complete both the seminar and practicum courses.

Credits: 2

Offered: January Intersession

Format: on-campus 

Professional Development Option: Yes

X.EDUC-426 | TESOL Practicum: Effective Teaching Strategies Field Experience

Description: This is the second of a two-course TESOL program designed to provide participants with the experience to prepare to be an effective English language instructor in an intercultural environment. In this practicum, students will hone their classroom management skills, implement curricular units and deliver lessons designed to support students' language acquisition, and develop assessment skills. Students will submit curriculum plans, videotaped lessons, and complete written assignments and reflections. Participants will develop a teaching portfolio for use in their job search and receive a certificate of completion if they successfully complete both the seminar and practicum courses.

Credits: 2

Offered: Spring

Format: online

Professional Development Option: Yes