Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

This online certificate offers professional preparation in teaching English to speakers of other languages.

This program is perfect for...

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

What you can learn.

  • Explore techniques for teaching listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills to English-as-second-language speakers
  • Learn formulation of lesson plans, writing objectives, teaching strategies, selection of classroom materials, and assessment design for English learners at all levels
  • Discover concepts of linguistics and knowledge of how linguistics’ principles impact learners of English as a second language
  • Acquire the use of instructional technology when teaching English as a second language

About this program.

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The Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Certificate at UCLA Extension prepares teachers to teach English as a Second, or Foreign, language to diverse populations of English Learners.

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

This certificate program is completed 100% online. 

New Course Offering:

TESOL Supervised Teaching Experience

Explore professional development opportunities through guided teaching practice in English Language Teaching (ELT). In this online course you can 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.



What our certificates have done for our students.


feel a certificate helped them enhance their careers

1 in 4

received a salary increase after starting a certificate program


switched careers after completing a certificate program


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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.

Application & Candidacy Fee


Estimated Program Tuition


Estimated program textbook/materials


*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

The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges and universities to disclose certain information for any financial aid eligible program that, “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation”. This information includes program costs; occupations that the program prepares students to enter; occupational profiles; on time completion rate; and for the most recent award year: the number of students who have completed the program, the number of students who complete the program within the estimated duration, the job placement rate, and the median Title IV and private loan debt incurred by those who complete the program. For gainful employment information for this program, visit our Financial Aid page.

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