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
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.
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 to Speakers of Other Languages online course for English as a Second Language educators
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. 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:
USD’s five-course TESOL Certificate Program offers:
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:
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:
For language teachers interested in professional development, the reasons for taking courses or earning the TESOL certificate are many and varied. They include:
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 [email protected] to begin the registration process. Please have your funding source details readily available.
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.
Employment opportunities in the education field — including adult education — 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, adult learning institutions and programs are going to have to compete heavily to attract and retain the most talented educators.
This makes furthering your education and diversifying your teaching skill set all the more important. By growing your expertise in a wide variety of educational concepts, you will broaden your career prospects and become a valuable asset in any learning environment.
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Requirements for completing a certificate can be found on the certificate page.
Professional and Continuing Education courses that are transferrable to a USD master degree will be stated on the course or certificate page. If you wish to transfer credit, it is your responsibility to confer with the receiving institution before enrolling, as each
individual academic institution decides whether or not to accept USD Professional and Continuing Education credit.
You have five years to complete the certificate.
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Prospective students can request to be placed on a waitlist. Should a space open up in a course, those on the waitlist will be notified. We encourage you to register early for courses.
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