TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) Certificate

5 Courses
10 Units
Online Self-Paced
23 Weeks

Sharpen Your Skills in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

In our increasingly diverse and interconnected world, the ability to teach English to speakers of foreign language is a vitally important, in-demand skill.

Offered online through the University of San Diego’s (USD) Division of Professional and Continuing Education, our Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Certificate Program gives participants the specialized skills and training needed for a successful career teaching or preparing to teach English as a second language to non-native speakers.

The University of San Diego faculty provides a theoretical foundation for second or foreign language teaching, as well as innovative insights, activities

Certificate Requirements

To complete the program and earn your TESOL certificate, you will need to complete the five core courses (10 units, 125 hours) with a grade of a “C” or better and an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher. Learn more about the University of San Diego’s Professional and Continuing Education Certificate Benefits and Policies.

Schedule & Fees

Courses – Enroll in Individual Courses, or Earn a Certificate with Required Courses (10 Units)

All courses from this stream are required for completion of this certificate
Course Date Units Price
Essentials in Second Language Acquisition Theories [ELTS-X701] Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled 2 $307
Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled
2
$307
Online Self-Paced
Carolina Rostworowski

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages online course for English as a second language educators

Once you have enrolled in your course, log in to your account to access the course Welcome Letter, which includes directions on how to access the Online Orientation and your online course.

Methods of Teaching ESL [ELTS-X702] Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled 2 $307
Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled
2
$307
Online Self-Paced
Andreea Corona

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages online course for English as a second language educators

Once you have enrolled in your course, log in to your account to access the course Welcome Letter, which includes directions on how to access the Online Orientation and your online course.

Teaching English as a Global Language [ELTS-X703] Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled 2 $307
Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled
2
$307
Online Self-Paced
Carolina Rostworowski

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages online course for English as a second language educators

Once you have enrolled in your course, log in to your account to access the course Welcome Letter, which includes directions on how to access the Online Orientation and your online course.

Linguistics for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages [ELTS-X704] Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled 2 $307
Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled
2
$307
Online Self-Paced
Jessica Tapia

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages online course for English as a second language educators

Once you have enrolled in your course, log in to your account to access the course Welcome Letter, which includes directions on how to access the Online Orientation and your online course.

Engaging in the Foreign / Second Language Classroom [ELTS-X705] Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled 2 $307
Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled
2
$307
Online Self-Paced
Andreea Corona

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages online course for English as a Second Language educators

Once you have enrolled in your course, log in to your account to access the course Welcome Letter, which includes directions on how to access the Online Orientation and your online course.

$45
$1,580

Learning Method Information

Online Self-Paced

Our online self-paced courses are similar to online fixed-date courses, but are designed to give you a six-month period from time of enrollment to complete all assignments. Like fixed-date courses, online self-paced courses are asynchronous, meaning that you can work on your assignments anytime; the difference being there are no assigned due dates in self-paced courses. Your instructor will provide feedback via written responses on your assignments and exams. Grades are based on completed projects, assignments and exams.

How is the self-paced course structured? Like fixed-date courses, online self-paced courses are asynchronous meaning that you can work on your assignments anytime; the difference being there are no assigned due dates in self-paced courses. The content is divided into learning modules. Each module will cover one or more topics. Within each of the learning modules, you can expect the following components:

  • Module introduction that outlines what you can expect to learn in the module.
  • Required readings (textbook, articles, journals, websites, etc.) and presentations (audio and/or video).
  • Assignments (which may include: written assignments, quizzes, blogs, etc.) based on the readings and presentations.
  • Module conclusion to review the topics and what you should have learned.
  • Typically, there is a final project, paper, or exam due in the last module that culminates all of the topics covered in each of the learning modules. You’ll find that the design of the learning modules has a rhythm to help you manage your time in the course.

Curriculum

USD’s five-course TESOL Certificate Program offers:

What You’ll Learn

The program provides comprehensive instruction on the structure of the English language, the process of language learning and acquisition, and methods for teaching English as second, foreign and international language to children and adults in academic, business and other vocational settings. Specifically, you’ll learn about:

Who Should Attend

This program is ideal for all types of educators who are interested in teaching English to international students in the United States or abroad. Our students typically range from recent graduates to career changers and include current and aspiring educators across the spectrum who wish to develop their competencies in the fields of Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) and TESOL. Some international students use the program to advance their ability to teach English in their home countries.

A primary motivation for all of those enrolling in the TESOL certificate program is a desire to:

TESOL Certificate Program Benefits

For language teachers interested in professional development, the reasons for taking courses or earning the TESOL certificate are many and varied. They include:

Third-Party Funding

This program is approved by the following third-party funding source(s):

For students using third-party funding, please contact Enrollment and Student Services at pce-bus@sandiego.edu to begin the registration process. Please have your funding source details readily available.

Instructors

Professional development courses offered by the University of San Diego’s Division of Professional & Continuing Education are taught by faculty that possess a depth and breadth of academic and real-world professional experience.

Careers Outlook

Employment opportunities in the education field are expected to grow by almost 1 million new jobs by 2030 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). With so many new and emerging opportunities, schools are going to have to compete heavily to attract and retain the most talented educators.

This makes furthering your education and diversifying your business skillset all the more important. With expertise in a wide variety of business concepts, you will not only be well suited for many job roles, you will also be in demand by the employer of your choosing.

Industry Insights

10 %

Job growth

$57,220

Median salary


Career Opportunities

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Frequently Asked Questions

How can I design a classroom for students with special needs?

Special needs” encompasses such a wide range of student abilities and challenges that no one space can accommodate all physical or behavioral needs. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) states that all public school classrooms must be ADA compliant, meaning that they must be accessible to wheelchair users and that teachers must make reasonable accommodations when it comes to technology tools. In general, best practices for classroom design apply to students of all abilities, such as minimizing distractions, making the space safe and comfortable, ensuring every student has access to the tools they need, and that the layout supports both independent and collaborative work.

How can I design my classroom on a budget?

Designing or redesigning your classroom does not require expensive materials or upgrades. Big box stores like Walmart and Target sell attractive, affordable classroom organization solutions, and Pinterest features hundreds of thousands of ideas for designing a classroom on a budget.

What if I need help enrolling in a course, or I need more information on a course?

If you experience issues enrolling, or have questions, complete our Contact Us Form or call our Enrollment and Student Services team between 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM (PST), M-F, at (619) 260-4585 or toll free at (888) 321-6658.

How do I request an Official Transcript?

Transcripts can be ordered online via your student account. For more detailed information, please visit the Student Transcript Request Page

What type of credit am I earning?

The credit earned is considered Graduate Level Extension Credit, in semester hours (1 semester hour= 15 contact hours). The credit earned is usually used for salary advancement, credential renewing and/or recertification. Graduate Level Extension credit is not usually transferrable towards a degree. Prior district approval is highly recommended and the responsibility of the student if using the units towards salary advancement, credential renewing and/or recertification.

I need more time to finish my Self-Paced course, what do I do?

Independent Study Self-Paced courses – USD allows 9 months from the date of registration to complete an independent study formatted course and submit all completed course work for evaluation.

Online Self-Paced courses – USD allows 6 months from the date of registration to complete an online self-paced formatted course and submit all assignments for evaluation within this period

If you need additional time and would like to make an extension request, contact us prior to your upcoming deadline at continuinged@sandiego.edu or call between 8:30AM – 5:00PM (PST), M-F, at (619)260-4585 or toll free at (888)321-6658 for a one-time extension. If an extension is granted, it is final.

Classroom, Online Fixed-Date, and Credit Validation formatted courses do not allow for any additional time to complete assignments.

Where can I get directions to my course classroom?

The address for classroom courses are provided at the section level detail on the course page. Once you know the address, we recommend you use Google Maps. Otherwise please contact the ESS during business hours of 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM (PST), M-F, at (619) 260-4585 or toll free at (888) 321-6658.

What are your registration/drop/refund policies?

Click here for complete details regarding our refund, drop and transfer policies

How can I receive a receipt for tax purposes?

A payment confirmation is automatically sent via email once you have registered and paid for a course through the website, please save these receipts for tax purposes. In addition, you can access receipts in your Student Account, Account History.

Can I be notified when a course section opens for enrollment?

Yes, on the course page, click on Request Information and you will be notified by email when enrollment is open for the course or you can complete the Course Inquiry form

Why USD?

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