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.
There will be a $95 fee upon acceptance into the program
From the 'Apply Now' button, login to your student account, complete the online application, and pay the application fee if applicable.
It is preferable that you create an account before proceeding if you have not already done so.
Candidates are encouraged to apply in the certificate program as early as possible to take advantage of program benefits.
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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.
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.
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San Diego County Office of Education
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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) program, 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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