Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Prepare for a career teaching English to speakers of other languages. Format: Online

This program is perfect for...

  • Individuals who wish to teach English to school-aged and adult learners in the U.S.
  • TESOL teachers who want to update their teaching methods and online strategies
  • Students planning for a career teaching English in their home country
  • Professionals planning to teach English abroad

What you can learn.

  • Explore techniques for teaching listening, speaking, reading and writing skills to English-as-second-language speakers
  • Learn how to formulate lesson plans, write objectives, teach strategies, select classroom materials and assess design for English learners at all levels
  • Discover concepts of linguistics and how they impact learners of English as a second language
  • Understand how to best utilize instructional technology when teaching English as a second language

Learn to Teach English as a Second Language

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The UCLA Extension Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Certificate program prepares educators to teach English as a second or foreign language to diverse learning populations.

The program covers applicable theory in linguistics and second language development; methods of teaching listening, speaking, reading and writing; current technologies for teaching English and cultural understanding. 

Format: 100% online

Featured Course Offering:

TESOL Supervised Teaching Experience

Explore professional development opportunities through guided teaching practice in English Language Teaching (ELT). Build your teaching philosophy and discover how to incorporate instructional technologies in designing and implementing lesson plans. This course is not part of the certificate program.




Click below to view the required and elective courses, if applicable, for this program.

Required Courses
Students must first complete EDUC 825. Students must pass all four core courses with a C or better, or be concurrently enrolled in the fourth core course, to be eligible for TESOL Practicum Portfolio. 
EDUC 825
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
EDUC X 425.01
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
EDUC X 425.02
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
EDUC X 425.04
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
EDUC X 425.05
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Applicants of this program are required to submit the following:

  • Bachelor's degree official transcripts
  • English language proficiency (minimum) scores for non-native English speakers, if English is not the primary language of the country in which you have obtained your bachelor's degree: 
    • TOEFL iBT: 85
      IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall
      DuoLingo: 55
Note: Students who earned their Bachelor's degree from a university located in a country in which English is the primary language are not required to submit English language proficiency scores. 

Estimated Cost Breakdown

All courses in this program are paid for individually, unless otherwise noted. An application form is required to establish candidacy in this program. From the 'Apply Now' button, complete the online application and pay the application fee if applicable.

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*The Application & Candidacy Fee establishes your candidacy in the program for a period of time covering normal progress toward completion and may allow you to access a variety of program benefits.

**Federal Financial Aid Gainful Employment Disclosures

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