Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Program Title: TESOL Certificate Program
Program Number: TSL500-CP

Throughout the world, educational, governmental, religious, and philanthropic groups are experiencing the need to communicate with others who have different first languages. English has become this shared working language, used by millions of people from diverse nations.

This program produces practitioners, prepared for international employment in careers of teaching, curriculum development, and resource support in a wide range of settings that offer ESL/EFL courses and programs. Candidates for enrollment include prospective ESL/EFL teachers; those who may have worked in the field but who did not receive the depth of education and professional training needed for optimal performance in their jobs; teachers from other disciplines who wish to add TESL/TEFL/TESOL to their teaching resume; and philanthropic and religious personnel who serve those needing to understand English as a foreign language. The Occupational Outlook Handbook, published online by the U.S. Department of Labor, provides an overview of the requirements needed to become a teacher of ESL in the U.S.. Requirements vary by state; most require at least a Bachelor's degree.

Most of our TESOL certificate program students are practicing teachers who are adding another endorsement area or are pursuing professional development activities. Eligible students for the TESOL certificate will have completed at least three semesters of college study and can show a commitment to teaching, either through professional teaching experience or through other kinds of instructional work, such as volunteer teaching or tutoring.

Students may transfer into this program up to three courses (9 semester credits) of the five required courses listed below, with a minimum grade of C. Transfer courses must match the content and depth of the required CALCampus courses and be from accredited institutions. For inquiries, contact CALCampus.

The program requires completion of the following five CALCampus courses:

TSL301 Principles of Second Language Learning and Teaching
TSL302 English Linguistics
TSL303 Cultural Perspectives in Second Language Education
TSL304 ESL/EFL Teaching Methods and Materials
TSL305 ESL/EFL Course Development
(capstone project)

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