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Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

The Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Certificate is currently undergoing revisions. Courses in the existing program will be available through Summer Quarter 2019 to allow students to complete their requirements. Students who are interested in the revised program may still take and transfer courses from the current program into the revised offering. If you would like to speak with a program representative, please contact edu-bus@ce.uci.edu.

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Overview

English is arguably the most predominant language through which people communicate, connect and transact business in the emerging global community of the 21st century. The increased fluidity of international borders, the relative ease of travel and the growing global market presence has made the demand for quality English language programs and TESOL instructors higher than ever – both abroad and in the United States.

Designed to offer a balance of current theory and practical experience in second language acquisition instructional methods, the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages certificate will prepare you with foundational knowledge and real-world skills to effectively step into a career in TESOL. Courses provide a comprehensive study of core knowledge in the field, including aspects of linguistics and sociolinguistics, the structure of English, methodology of teaching and assessing English, literacy development, curriculum development and language assessment.

Who Should Attend

Individuals with a bachelor’s degree who wish to teach English in a variety of ESL settings in the United States and overseas, recent graduates, international students, aspiring educators, career changers, and current teachers who wish to enhance their competencies in the field of TESOL.

Career Insight

Occupational summary for postsecondary teachers in the United States.

1M
Jobs
(2016)
12.30%
Projected Growth
(2017-2027)
$49k-$102k
Annual Salary
(25th-75th Percentile)

Program Benefits

  • Identify key foundational linguistic theories and the connection between those theories and effective teaching practices
  • Plan and implement dynamic language lessons designed to meet the needs and interests of your learners
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the structure of English and the ability to teach English grammar
  • Define the skills associated with reading comprehension and fluency and the best means to develop those skills
  • Identify key strategies to build your learners’ vocabulary skills
  • Construct effective assessments to evaluate your learners’ competencies in all skill areas
  • Enjoy flexible, online curriculum that is convenient to your busy schedule
On-Demand Webinar Event: Pursuing a Career in TESOL
Considering a career path in the exciting and growing field of TESOL? You're invited to watch facilitator Lesley Clear, Ph.D., ESL/EFL teacher and a UCI Continuing Education distinguished instructor, as she and a panel of experts explore a number of topics including opportunities in the field, the benefits and challenges of this career, advancing your professional and personal goals with a TESOL certificate from UCI Continuing Education, and more.

Course Schedule

LINGUIS X480.7 (Teaching Practicum) should be taken after a minimum of five required TESOL courses have been successfully completed.

Required Courses

TitleWinterSpringSummerFall
LINGUIS X480.1
Theories of TESOL (2 units)
LINGUIS X480.1
  to be scheduled   Online
LINGUIS X480.2
Methods of TESOL (2 units)
LINGUIS X480.2
Online   to be scheduled  
LINGUIS X480.3
Teaching Listening & Speaking Skills (1.5 units)
LINGUIS X480.3
  to be scheduled   Online
LINGUIS X480.4
Teaching Reading & Vocabulary Skills (1.5 units)
LINGUIS X480.4
Online   to be scheduled  
LINGUIS X480.5
Teaching English Grammar (1.5 units)
LINGUIS X480.5
  to be scheduled   Online
LINGUIS X480.6
Teaching Writing & Vocabulary Skills (1.5 units)
LINGUIS X480.6
Online   to be scheduled  
LINGUIS X480.7
Teaching Practicum (3 units)
LINGUIS X480.7
  to be scheduled   Online

Elective Courses

TitleWinterSpringSummerFall
Teaching English to Speakers of Other La
LINGUIS X480.8
Teaching in Adult Education Programs (1 unit)
LINGUIS X480.8
  to be scheduled   Online
LINGUIS X480.9
Teaching English Internationally (1 unit)
LINGUIS X480.9
Online   to be scheduled  
LINGUIS X480.10
  to be scheduled   Online

Course schedules are subject to change. Individual courses may be taken without enrolling in the full certificate.

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Certificate Eligibility and Requirements

A bachelor's degree (in any discipline), or its equivalent, is required for admission into the program. A certificate is awarded upon completion of seven core courses, including the Teaching Practicum course, and two elective courses for a total of 150 hours of instruction. Students must earn a letter grade of “B” or better in each course in order to be eligible for the certificate. To become an official candidate in the program, students pursuing the certificate must submit a Declaration of Candidacy. Students are encouraged to declare candidacy as soon as possible, but no later than after the third course in the program. To receive the certificate after completing all program requirements, students must submit a Request for Certificate. All requirements must be completed within five (5) years after the student enrolls in his/her first course. Students not pursuing a certificate are welcome to take as many individual courses as they wish.

Transfer Credit

UCI Continuing Education has partnered with Notre Dame de Namur University (NDNU) to give TESOL certificate program graduates the opportunity to transfer approved and articulated credit toward a master's degree in TESOL at NDNU. To learn more, please email edu-bus@ce.uci.edu.

Frequently Asked Questions

Advisory Committee

  • Miralynn Malupa-Kim, Ed.D., Instructor, TESOL International Organization
  • Sarah Sahr, Ed.D., Director of Professional Learning & Research, TESOL International Association
  • Neda Sahranavard, Ph.D., ESL Instructor, Santa Ana College, International Programs, UCI Division of Continuing Education, and Lecturer, UCI Program in Academic English
  • Christopher Stillwell, M.A., Instructor, International Programs, UCI Division of Continuing Education
  • Yilin Sun, Ph.D., Director, English Language Centre at University of Macau, Professor of TESOL/Basic and Transitional Studies, Seattle Colleges-South Seattle College, Past (2014-2015) President of TESOL International Association

English Proficiency Requirement
All certificate programs at UCI Division of Continuing Education (classroom and online formats) require professional-level English language proficiency in listening and note-taking, reading comprehension and vocabulary, written expression, and oral presentation.