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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.

Target Audience

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.

Professional Development

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.

The Program

  • # of courses required: 8
  • Total units: 21
  • Estimated cost: $3,200
  • Time to Complete: Candidates can complete in 6-9 months
  • Delivery: Online
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There will be a $95 fee upon acceptance into the program

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