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About the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Program

UCSD Extension's Professional Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) offers coursework online. This program allows participants to acquire the specialized training and skills needed for a successful career teaching English as a second language, either in the U.S. or in another country.

The program provides the major competencies and knowledge necessary to be a specialist in the TESOL field, with a focus on the development of practical classroom skills and effective teaching techniques, plus a foundation in second-language acquisition theory. Each class covers concepts, methods, techniques, materials, and resources directly applicable to the classroom. The courses will be as useful to the experienced second language educators as well as the novice.

The TESOL program is geared to meet the needs of educators or potential educators at all levels-elementary, secondary, college, or adult. It will also greatly benefit foreign language educators seeking professional development, including TESOL teachers who would like to know more about second-language acquisition, program administrators or coordinators responsible for the development of TESOL curriculum. In addition, the material covered will help educators currently teaching or training in school English immersion programs.

If you wish to take one of the TESOL Professional Certificate online courses for professional development without registering for the program, you may do so.

EDUC 40093 Fundamentals of Teaching English as a Second Language and LING 40031 Theories of Second-Language Acquisition and Application to Teaching are the first two recommended courses in the program.

Format: Online

Estimated Cost: $3,200

Duration: 6 - 9 Months

Contact
Department
Education
Phone
858-534-9286
Email
unexeduc@ucsd.edu

Courses

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  • # of courses required: 8
  • Total units: 21

All courses are required

Fundamentals of Teaching English as a Second LanguageEDUC-40093

Units: 3.00

$385

This course provides an overview of teaching English as a second language (ESL), beginning with a brief historical survey. Participants review basic principles of teaching ESL listening, reading, spea...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Teaching and Testing ESL Reading and Writing SkillsEDUC-40544

Units: 3.00

$385

This course is designed to expand or update knowledge of reading and writing theories, focusing on teaching techniques for the adult learner in a variety of educational settings. Specific skills to be...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Winter, Summer

Teaching and Testing ESL Listening and Speaking SkillsEDUC-40408

Units: 3.00

$385

This course presents the fundamental concepts of oral discourse as well as practical classroom techniques for teaching spoken English. Working from individual sounds to stretches of continuous speech,...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Linguistics for Language TeachersLING-40000

Units: 3.00

$385

An important part of successful language teaching is understanding the principles of linguistics and how they relate to the production and comprehension of language. This course introduces important c...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Spring

The Role of Grammar in Teaching a Second LanguageLING-40005

Units: 3.00

$385

ESL teachers must frequently explain complex English grammar to their students to help them speak and write. This course covers basic grammatical concepts and exercises for ESL instruction. Ideas are ...

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Typically Offered:

Fall, Spring

Culture in the Language ClassroomEDUC-40756

Units: 3.00

$385

It is important for students learning a new language to understand the culture connected to the language. This class will help participants develop instructional strategies and practical tools for int...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Winter, Summer

Theories of Second-Language Acquisition and Application to TeachingLING-40031

Units: 3.00

$385

This course explores a variety of theories about second and foreign-language learning, and investigates the teaching methodologies that grow out of their application. Instruction focuses on several ke...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Required or documentation of one full year of ESL teaching experience

TESOL PracticumEDUC-80061

Units: 0.00

$385

The final component of the Professional Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages is a 60 hour practicum that allows candidates to test their newly developed knowledge and skills ...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Spring

0 units required, professional development only

Culture and InclusionEDUC-31217

Units: 4.00

$475

Examination of culture and cultural diversity and the relationship to academic achievement, development, implementation and evaluation of culturally inclusive instruction. Topics include cultural conc...

Typically Offered:

Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

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Conditions for Admission

Native speaker of English or one of the following language proficiency scores: 79 Internet-based (iBT) TOEFL; 760 TOEIC; 6.0 IELTS; or “pass” on the FCE or Advanced Cambridge exams.

Although most students finish this certificate program within one to two years, in order to be eligible for a certificate from UC San Diego Extension, all required and elective coursework must be completed within five years of beginning a certificate program.

Certificate Guidelines

All candidates who wish to receive the Professional Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)are required to:

  1. Enroll in the TESOL certificate program.
  2. Pay the certificate fee.
  3. Complete all required online courses with a grade of "C" or better.
  4. Coursework must be completed within 5 years of beginning the program.

Industry Requirements

If you wish to take one of the TESOL online and in-class courses for professional development without registering for the program, you may do so. Simply register for an available section.

Next Steps Experience

Connect your classroom education with real-world experiences through a Next Steps Experience course. These courses allow students to gain hands-on experience by working closely with instructors and/or peers on real-world projects.

Develop your understanding of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and explore topics such as fundamentals of teaching English as a second language; culture in the language classroom; linguistics for language teachers; role of grammar in teaching a second language; and theories of second-language acquisition.

Candidates are also encouraged to take the Next Step by enrolling in the TESOL Practicum where they can apply the skills and newly developed talents learned throughout the program by working with an experienced ESL professional in a classroom setting; this can be a volunteer position. Candidates will work closely with the instructor throughout the practicum course in this real-world experience.

Special Notes

Successful completion of the UC San Diego Extension Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Certificate Program will qualify candidates who are accepted in the Notre Dame de Namur University’s Online Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MATESOL), for four courses (12-semester units) of advanced standing.

The UC San Diego Extension Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Professional Certificate must be completed before admission to the Online Master of Arts in TESOL at Notre Dame de Namur University.  However, UC San Diego Extension certificate candidates in TESOL may begin the application process at Notre Dame de Namur University while in the final class of completing the certificate.

A grade of “B-“ or better must be earned in all coursework from the UC San Diego Extension TESOL program to be eligible for advanced standing into the Notre Dame de Namur University’s MA TESOL program.  Satisfactory completion of the required core and elective certificate courses earns the certificate, and an appropriate final grade in these areas qualifies the candidate for 12-semester units advanced standing in the MA TESOL program upon admission thereto.

The TESOL courses (equivalent to 12-semster units) will be applied to waive coursework within the 30-semester unit MA TESOL program.

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Advisory Board

Gretchen Bitterlin

Professor, ABE/ESL Program

San Diego Community College District

Mary Butler-Pascoe

Director of TESOL

Alliant International University

Patricia Fernández

Resource Teacher, Sunnyslope School

South Bay Union School District

Cheryl Forbes

Regional Director

California Reading & Literature Project

Grant Goodall

Director, Linguistics Language Program

Linguistics Department, UCSD

Donna Heath

Senior Director, English Learner Services

San Diego County Office of Education

Claire Ramsey

Associate Professor, Education Studies Department

UCSD

David Sarracino

Subdirector (Assc. Dean), Facultad de Idiomas (Lang. Dept.)

Universidad Autónoma de Baja California, Tijuana

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This certificate requires an application before taking any courses. There will be a $0 fee to apply to this program. Students will also be required to pay a $95 certificate fee upon enrollment into the program after acceptance. View the complete Certificate Registration and Candidacy Guidelines.