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 lab

Take an individual course or work toward earning a certificate with multiple courses!

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 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 extension 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 (M.Ed. in TESOL, Literacy and Culture) from USD’s School of Leadership and Education Sciences, pending admission
  • An affordable cost

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.

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 OFD OFD $449
  One Time Certificate Fee         $45
  Total Certificate Cost (5 courses)         $2,290
C = Classroom; OFD = Online Fixed-Date; OSP = Online Self-Paced; IS = Independent Study Self-Paced  *Schedule and fees subject to change

Accelerated Path to Degree

If you have successfully 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, ELTS-X702, and ELTS-X703) are needed to earn the TESOL Certificate.

Once the TESOL Certificate Program is successfully completed (with or without USD's TEFL Certificate), candidates will have the opportunity to transfer six units into USD's M.Ed. in TESOL, Literacy and Culture degree program, pending admission.

TESOL Accelerated Program

Complete the requirements below to earn a professional TESOL Certificate. Read Certificate Benefits and Policy.

  • Complete five core courses (10 units, 125 hours)
  • Complete the five required core courses with an grade average of a ”C” or better and an overall 2.5 GPA or higher to earn a professional certificate in TESOL. If you intend to request transferring any of these courses into USD's Master's program in TESOL, Literacy and Culture you will need a grade average of a ”B” or better and an overall 3.0 GPA or higher

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

  • 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

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