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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.

Certificate Programs begin typically each year in January and August.


Choose your educational setting – online courses OR in the classroom

TESOL Classroom Certificate
16 week commitment = 96-hour TESOL Certificate

TESOL Online Certificate
16 week commitment = 96-hour TESOL Certificate – Online


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 – 18 hours
  • Elements of Linguistics; Application in the ESOL Classroom – 30 hours
  • Methods and Materials for Teaching ESOL; Lesson Planning and Content – 30 hours
  • Teaching Grammar; Strategies for Effective Learning – 18 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

Note: If you are seeking an ESOL Endorsement to add to your clear renewable Georgia teaching certificate (for teaching English learners in public and private elementary, middle and high schools) please contact KSU’s Inclusive Education Department, Bagwell College of Education at http://bagwell.kennesaw.edu/majors-programs/endorsements/esol-endorsement/ as our program is a non-credit certificate that is not transferable for this purpose.

Financing Options
  • Interest-free payment plans available on a case-by-case basis
  • VA Education Benefits
  • Continuing education loans

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On Our Blog
European Adventure: TESOL Grad Tells All
There are a hundred different reasons you might want to teach English as a foreign language. Sometimes it’s just a small idea that snowballs into something bigger. That’s the way it was for TESOL graduate... read more ❯

Language Instructors Recognized by GATESOL
Liz Bigler
Our instructors are continually recognized by professional organizations as experts in their field, and our Languages program is no exception. Liz Bigler, who teaches for our TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) Certificate,... read more ❯

TESOL Grad Shares Tips from Japan
Morgan Attaway
You never know where a professional certificate might take you. For Morgan Attaway, graduate of our TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) program, it has helped her land a job teaching English in... read more ❯