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.

Admission requirements for the TESOL certificate include, at a minimum, a four-year U.S. high school diploma or International Baccalaureate, and it is recommended that incoming students have done some college level studies. Many students already have a degree and are taking the program to add an endorsement area.

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.

Students proceed at their own pace, course by course, following the CALCampus individual course enrollment process. Each course payment is made at the time of enrollment. A course transcript is issued after each course is completed. After completion of all five courses, the program certificate is issued.

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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