What is TESOL Certificate?
GCU offers the TESOL certificate program for licensed teachers and administrators. It is ideal for those who would like to work with English Language Learning (ELL) students in or out of the classroom. The Graduate Certificate of Completion in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) is offered by the College of Education. Its specialized coursework offers an opportunity to add to professional credentials and open the door to future employment possibilities.
During this TESOL certificate program, you will gain a foundation in ELL instructional programs and policies. You will explore curriculum design, assessments, multicultural education and the instruction of bilingual students with special needs.
All courses meet the standards of the Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) and are also aligned with the Standards for the Recognition of Initial TESOL Programs in P–12 ESL Teacher Education.
Earn Your Graduate Certificate in TESOL Online at GCU
GCU is a leader in online learning designed for modern adult learners. The TESOL graduate certificate program can fit your working schedule. Learn anywhere at any time from our highly qualified instructors, who are leading experts in their fields. The TESOL certificate requires the completion of 18 credits. Each online class is six weeks long.
When you graduate from this program, you will have an expanded, specialized skill set that you can use to become an educational leader. You will study the concepts, theories and research in best practices of English language instruction to ELL students. You will acquire foundational knowledge in these core areas:
- Second language acquisition
- Curriculum development
This program provides the knowledge needed to assist ELL students in overcoming language barriers. This enables ELL students to achieve their full potential in and out of the classroom. This program is suitable for educators who wish to work with ELL students at any grade level.
What Can You Do with a Graduate TESOL Certificate?
With this advanced credential, you can prepare to become an impactful leader in ESL/TESOL initiatives at the building or district level. The core program courses are as follows:
- Foundations of Instruction for English Language Learners
- School, Community and Family Culture
- ELL and Bilingual Curriculum and Methods of Instruction
- ELL and Bilingual Assessment
- Methods of Teaching and Evaluating ELLs with Special Needs
This graduate certificate in TESOL program takes a comprehensive look at the design of effective assessment tasks. Teacher candidates explore best practices in designing a culturally responsive curriculum, taking into consideration the societal, cultural and familial influences on a student’s learning. Candidates examine the core principles of linguistics and their integration into instructional practices.
As a specialist in ESL/BLE/TESOL learning experiences, you may pursue work in public or private schools, or in school districts. Graduates may work with students at any grade level. Other career paths that may be related to the TESOL certificate include:
- School consultant
- Community college instructor/consultant
- Educational policy advocate
- Private tutor
To apply for this graduate teaching english as a second language certificate program, you must have at least one year of teaching experience. It should be documented on the Teaching Verification Form, or you may send in your current teaching certificate. You must also have access to a P-12 classroom that includes ESL students. This is a requirement to complete the assignments and the practicum course.
* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Program subject to change.