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Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Certificate

Develop & Expand English Language Teaching Skills

The 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 (USD) 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 USD 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

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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

Online Fixed Date


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 replacing 2 courses. Only three additional courses (ELTS-X701, -X702, and -X703) are needed to earn the TESOL Certificate.

Once TESOL is completed, candidates will have the opportunity to transfer 6 units into the M.Ed. degree program.

TEFL, TESOL, M. Ed. Pathway

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)


USD’s English Language Academy is a member of the American Association of Intensive English Programs (AAIEP) and Association of International Educators (NAFSA).

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

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Certificate Schedule

  Core Courses 
    ELTS-X701   Essentials in Second Language Acquisition Theories
    ELTS-X702   Methods of Teaching ESL
    ELTS-X703   Teaching English as a Global Language
    ELTS-X704   Linguistics for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
    ELTS-X705   Practicum: Field Experience in a Foreign/Second Language Classroom
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