TESOL Certificate

Department of Learning and Teaching

Program of Study


The graduate certificate in TESOL consists of 15 graduate units in the School of Leadership and Education Sciences. Certificate candidates will acquire a working knowledge of linguistics, first and second language acquisition and the cultural and social contexts of learning listening, speaking, and writing skills in English with speakers of other languages. TESOL certificate candidates will examine the latest theories, research and applications in TESOL, and acquire the knowledge and cultural competencies to assume leadership roles in their areas of expertise. Two features distinguish this certificate from other certificate programs: (1) the practicum experience that candidates will receive in various educational, public, private, and community settings where English is taught, and (2) a three-unit course that will provide an international context and experience where candidates will learn about language, culture, education and traditions of a nation other than their own through international travel.

Program of Study (15 units)

EDUC 529 Language, Literacy and Culture 3
EDUC 541 Second Language Acquisition and Development 3
EDUC 543C Methods of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages 6
EDUC 540 Introduction to Language and Linguistic Analysis 3

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will the program take me?

Typically students complete this certificate in one year or less. When pursued concurrently with a master's degree, the total time to completion is typically around two years. The time to completion depends on the students' pace.

How many units are included?

The certificate consists of 15 units.

When are classes scheduled?

SOLES classes typically meet once per week at 1:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m. or 7:00 p.m. for two hours and 50 minutes at a time.

Can I work while completing this program?

It is possible to work full-time while completing this program since the practicum and much of the coursework take place in the late afternoon and evening. However, some required courses are offered on a daytime schedule which may require a flexible work schedule.

Is this program offered online?

No, this certificate program is not offered online. However, for students interested in an online certificate in TESOL independent of a degree program at SOLES, the Department of Professional and Continuing Education offers an online TESOL certificate program.