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Required:  5  Courses

Develop & Expand English Language Teaching Skills

The TESOL certificate program allows participants to acquire 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 (USD) faculty will provide a theoretical foundation for second or foreign language teaching, new innovative insights, activities, and techniques, which can be integrated into the classroom. The USD TESOL certificate program offers…

  • An affordable cost
  • 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

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Why enroll in a certificate program?

Learner Outcomes

  • Examine and implement current theories in 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


ELA is a member of the American Association of Intensive English Programs (AAIEP) and Association of International Educators (NAFSA).


This 10-unit online certificate program, which takes 125 hours to complete, and includes the five core courses listed below. However, private groups can work with us to customize the Course of Study to substitute a core course(s) with an elective(s).

Accelerated Path to Complete the TESOL Certificate

Once you complete USD's TEFL certificate, you have the option to continue your studies and apply your TEFL credits toward the TESOL Certificate program. USD’s TESOL Certificate sets the standard for excellence in English language instruction. 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. The TESOL Certificate consists of five courses (2 units each); however, candidates who complete the TEFL Certificate, only need to complete three additional courses to earn the TESOL Certificate. Learn more.

Course Format

Online Fixed Date

Customized Programs

The TESOL program is also available as a customized version for a private schedule at your organization.

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Jennifer Preimesberger
Call: (619) 260-4202

  Core Courses 
Minimum Required:  3  Course(s)
    ELTS-X701   Essentials in Second Language Acquisition Theories
    ELTS-X702   Methods of Teaching ESL
    ELTS-X703   Teaching English as a Global Language
  Option 1 TESOL Courses 
Minimum Required:  2  Course(s)
    ELTS-X704   Linguistics for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
    ELTS-X705   Practicum: Field Experience in a Foreign/Second Language Classroom
  Option 2 Track for TEFL Certificate 
Minimum Required:  2  Course(s)
    ELTF-X750   Foundations in TEFL
    ELTF-X751   TEFL Immersion
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