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TESOL Graduate Certificate Program

Washington Academy of Languages at City University of Seattle offers an internationally-recognized, 15 credit graduate level TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) Certificate Program for teaching English here and abroad. A Bachelor’s degree and English proficiency are prerequisites for admission to the program.

In this five-course certificate program, you’ll get a complete immersion into the teaching of English for Speakers of Other Languages. We’ll introduce second language acquisition theories and classroom practices.  You’ll learn the essentials of teaching techniques for developing curriculum and managing classes. You’ll get first-hand experience as you observe teachers and learners in real classroom situations and practice different ways to assess learner outcomes.

Courses include:

    • TESOL 510   Principles of Language Learning and Teaching (3 cr)
    • TESOL 525   Methods of Teaching Language (3 cr)
    • TESOL 530   Teaching Grammar (3 cr)
    • TESOL 540   Strategies for Teaching the Four Skills (3 cr)
    • TESOL 555   TESOL Materials Development and Selection (3 cr)

Students choose CityU’s TESOL Certificate Program because it is:

  • Flexible. Our courses are designed for the working professional.
  • Accommodating. You choose your timeline: get your TESOL certificate in our five-week in-class summer intensive, in three quarters online, or in three quarters in the mixed mode.
  • Practical. We offer one of the only online-certified TESOL programs that includes 10 hours of observing live English instruction.
  • Professional. Provides the perfect place for you to see and practice what you’ve learned. Our Intensive English Language Program serves as a live laboratory for teacher candidates.
Christine Knorr teaching in Vietnam

Christine Knorr teaching in Vietnam

Potential career pathways for TESOL graduates:

  • You can apply this certificate toward a Master of Education in Adult Education with TESOL Emphasis, or directly enter the classroom working with English language learners.
  • You could teach English to adult learners overseas.
  • You could use your skills in administrative roles with English acquisition organizations in the U.S. or abroad.

Whether you’re entering the workforce or changing careers, the TESOL certificate will prepare you to face the unique rigors of classroom teaching.

At CityU, we have a team ready to answer your questions and get you on the road to success. If you are interested in learning more about our Graduate Certificate in TESOL, connect with an advisor to learn more

What Will I Learn?

The TESOL Program gives participants a foundation in second language acquisition theory, language teaching methods, and cultural issues related to teaching a diverse student population. Participants acquire hands-on experience utilizing contemporary instructional methods. Emphasis is placed on the practical aspects of teaching.

Where Can I Teach?

Most program graduates find work teaching English to adult learners overseas. Others apply their learning to classrooms in the U.S. or use their knowledge in administrative roles with English acquisition organizations in the U.S. or abroad.

How will I learn?

Our graduate certificate is available online, mixed mode or in a 5 week summer intensive format. Decide which mode is right for you.

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Rachel teaching an ESL class

We provide students a hands-on learning experience designed to bridge theory and practice. Students gain knowledge in language acquisition, development and linguistics, paying particular attention to classroom application.

  • Flexible

This is one of the only online certified TESOL program that includes field experience and individualized course work.

  • Completion Time

Students typically work part-time to complete five online courses in three quarters. Seattle-based students can finish in just one quarter by studying full-time in class during WAL’s summer intensive program. This option is offered onsite at City University’s Seattle campus.

Start dates

You can begin the program online twice a year: April or October.  For more details, go to our schedule page.

Admissions requirements

An undergraduate degree and proof of English proficiency.

Where do Alumni work?

Most graduates find work teaching English to adult learners overseas. Others apply their learning to younger classrooms or use their knowledge in administrative roles with English acquisition organizations in the U.S. or abroad.

What kind of support will I get once I graduate?

Our academic team will advise you on local and international job searches.  You will also be added to our online graduate TESOL Group where you can post questions, read job announcements, and get general advice from peers in this field.