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Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Train to teach locally or abroad.

The TESOL Certificate Program from Kennesaw State University’s College of Continuing and Professional Education has been preparing students for 15 years to become successful instructors of English.

Our quality training program focuses on the essential foundations to becoming a teacher of TESOL and TEFL. Hundreds of invaluable resources are provided within the course materials, now including an Externship for live practice in the ESL classroom!

Certificate Programs begin June and November

Registration

Choose your educational setting – online courses OR in the classroom

TESOL Classroom Certificate with Externship
20 week commitment = 140-hour TESOL Certificate

TESOL Online Certificate with Externship
20 week commitment = 140-hour TESOL Certificate

TESOL Online Certificate without Externship (Online only)
16 week commitment = 120-hour TESOL Certificate – Online

Prerequisite

High school diploma or equivalent, completion of our Basic Skills Assessment and submission of the Program Application. Working knowledge of computers and access to a computer and the Internet are required.

The Basic Skills Assessment and Program Application are located online. The instructions are here. You will be directed to the program application after completing the skills assessment.

Course Modules
  • Issues of Culture – 20 hours
  • Elements of Linguistics; Application in the ESOL Classroom – 40 hours
  • Methods and Materials for Teaching ESOL; Lesson Planning and Content – 40 hours
  • Teaching Grammar; Strategies for Effective Learning – 20 hours
  • Externship; Practical, Hands-on Experience in the Classroom – 20 hours
Who Should Attend
  • Recent college graduates looking for their first job
  • Anyone seeking a 2nd or part-time career who has a passion to teach
  • Instructors or trainers seeking additional teaching opportunities
  • AuPairs
  • Translators
  • Former government or military personnel and spouses
  • Missionaries and Volunteers

If you are a student from the program prior to 2016, please call our office for possible enrollment options to complete your certificate.

Financial Aid Options
  • VA Educational Benefits
  • Payment Plans

FAQs about the TESOL program

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