Develop and Expand English Language Teaching Skills

ESL students and their teacher who is taking USD's TESOL Certificate courses working together at a computer labThe TESOL Certificate Program gives participants the specialized training and skills needed for a successful career teaching or preparing to teach ESL to non-native English speaking students. University of San Diego faculty provide a theoretical foundation for second or foreign language teaching, as well as innovative insights, activities, and techniques for use in the classroom.

The TESOL Certificate Program offers:

  • Graduate level credit (10 units) and a certificate from USD
  • Highly-qualified professional faculty with advanced degrees and years of teaching experience
  • Six units of credit towards a graduate degree in TESOL or in Education at USD’s School of Leadership and Education Sciences
  • An affordable cost
Certificate Benefits
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Learner Outcomes

  • Examine and implement current theories for language acquisition in the classroom
  • Use the latest methods of effective language instruction
  • Improve English while learning from master teachers
  • Learn new and practical classroom skills from specialists

Who Should Attend

The TESOL Certificate is for candidates who wish to teach English in adult and private sectors in the United States and all levels in overseas contexts. Recent graduates, career changers, aspiring educators and educators who wish to develop their competencies in the fields of TEFL and TESOL.  

Course Format

All courses in this program are delivered in the Online Fixed-Date format.

Technical Requirements for online courses.


USD faculty and experienced practitioners provide a stimulating and participative learning environment.


The program consists of five core courses for a total of 125 hours of instruction. Upon successful completion, students are awarded certification to teach English, which is accepted in most countries around the world. USD’s TESOL Certificate sets the standard for excellence in English language instruction.

Accelerated Path

If you have completed USD's TEFL Certificate, you have the option to continue your studies. Four units from your TEFL Certificate can be transferred into the TESOL Certificate Program, replacing two courses. Only three additional courses (ELTS-X701, -X702, and -X703) are needed to earn the TESOL Certificate.

Once the TESOL Certificate Program is completed, candidates will have the opportunity to transfer six units into USD's M.Ed. degree program, pending admission.

TESOL Accelerated Program

Certificate Requirements

Complete the requirements below to earn a professional TESOL Certificate. The certificate can be completed in approximately ten months. Read Certificate Benefits and Policy.

  • Complete five core courses (10 units, 125 hours)

Customized Programs

We will work with private groups to customize the TESOL course of study to meet their needs by allowing them to substitute a core course(s) with an elective(s).

Contact us for a free proposal!

Marisa Huppert
Call: (619) 260-7552

Schedule & Fees

Course # Courses (10 units) Duration SP SU FA Fee
ELTS-X701 Essentials in Second Language Acquisition Theories (2 units) 7 weeks OFD OFD OFD $449
ELTS-X702 Methods of Teaching ESL (2 units) 7 weeks OFD OFD OFD $449
ELTS-X703 Teaching English as a Global Language (2 units) 7 weeks OFD OFD OFD $449
ELTS-X704 Linguistics for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (2 units) 7 weeks OFD OFD OFD $449
ELTS-X705 Practicum: Field Experience in a Foreign/Second Language Classroom (2 units) 7 weeks   OFD   $449
  One Time Certificate Fee         $100
  Total Certificate Cost (5 courses)         $2,345
C = Classroom; OFD = Online Fixed-Date; OSP = Online Self-Paced; IS = Independent Study Self-Paced