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Certificate in

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)


Gain the critical skills you need to serve as an English-language teacher in the U.S. and overseas. Use your love of language and interpersonal skills to create a meaningful learning environment for a diverse student community.

 
 

Teach with Skill and Confidence

Cal State East Bay’s Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Certificate Program provides the knowledge and practical training required to teach the English language both in the U.S. and abroad. You will be taught by top TESOL instructors at the Hayward Hills Campus and learn first-hand how to apply the most effective second-language teaching techniques in your own classroom.

Comprehensive Training

Program provides strong theoretical background knowledge and proven teaching methodologies

Master’s Extension

Coursework can be applied to a Master's Degree in English with a focus on TESOL

Faculty Excellence

Taught by active, experienced TESOL instructors

If you are an international student, Cal State East Bay’s TESOL Certificate Program is also designed to support your goals of becoming an English-language teacher. Completion of the course will instill confidence in you as an English speaker as well as an effective teacher.




The TESOL Certificate Program provided the knowledge and practical experience I needed to teach English more efficiently. I've put processes and practices in place that work quite well for me and my students.

Vadim ShebecoClass of 2012


Position Yourself to Excel

As a student in Cal State East Bay’s TESOL Certification Program, you’ll gain working knowledge of:

The theoretical foundation and practical skills necessary to become a confident and effective English-language teacher.

The skills and confidence required to write lesson plans, design curricula and conduct assessments.

How to create learning environments that are respectful of the specific needs of English language learners, including linguistic and cultural diversity.

Share Your Love of Language

Put your expertise to work by helping students, both local and abroad, learn English. From universities and language institutes to continuing education programs, you’ll find yourself in high demand in environments where language instructors are needed. With your TESOL certificate from Cal State East Bay in hand, you’ll set yourself apart, make yourself more marketable to employers, and be well-positioned as a language expert with your students.

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Put your expertise to work by helping students, both local and abroad, learn English.

Occupational Trends


9% Growth

Employment of adult literacy and high school equivalency diploma teachers (a category which includes TESOL teachers) is projected to grow 9% from 2012 to 2022.
— Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor

Job Market

The industries that employed the most adult literacy and high school equivalency diploma teachers in 2012 were junior colleges, elementary schools, and secondary schools.
— Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor

$48,590 Salary

In 2012, the median annual salary for adult education and literacy instructors was $48,590.
— Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor


Opportunities Abound

With your TESOL Certificate, you can see the English language through fresh eyes – those of your students. You’ll have access to a number of employment opportunities both nationally and internationally. Many graduates choose to become teachers and lend their expertise to private language schools, elementary and high school language programs, and college-level language programs.

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Put your skills to use in varied and exciting environments.

Take Your Knowledge Beyond the Classroom

Put your skills to use in environments as varied as community language and literacy programs, corporate language training programs, or even nonprofit organizations such as the Peace Corps. Continuing your education is also a path made easier with your TESOL Certification, and you will have the option to apply your program coursework to a Master's Degree in English with a focus on TESOL.

Whichever path you choose to take, your TESOL training from Cal State East Bay puts you at an advantage to drive your career forward.





Less than a year after completing my TESOL certificate program, I received three job offers in three months. The one year commitment to earn my certificate opened a new, fulfilling chapter in my life. Now, I’m making a difference in the lives of people I genuinely care about.

Patricia Jetson
Class of 2012

Program Objectives

Earning your TESOL certification from Cal State East Bay will provide you with:

The fundamentals to deliver effective English language teaching techniques.

Hands-on training from experienced, respected instructors.

The ability to foster communication in a culturally diverse classroom to achieve education goals.

The skills and confidence necessary to design curricula and conduct assessments.

The Path to Achievement

For your convenience, TESOL Certificate Courses are offered in the evenings at the Hayward Hills Campus. The program is structured for busy professionals, allowing you to maintain your daily schedule and still further your education.

Certificate Requirements

If you are a domestic student, you must complete four required courses to earn a Certificate in TESOL. The TESOL Practicum must be taken during the final quarter of the certificate program. The remaining three courses can be taken in any sequence.

If you are an international student, you must complete seven required courses in any order to earn a Certificate in TESOL.

Master's Degree Option

As a participant in Cal State East Bay’s TESOL Certificate Program, you can further your education and earn a Master's Degree in English with a focus on TESOL. Some TESOL Certificate units are transferable by arrangement with the English department. For additional information, call (510) 885-3151.

Required Courses for Domestic Students

Course schedules are subject to change. For the most up-to-date information on courses currently being offered, visit the course catalog.

CourseUnitsFallWinterSpringSummer
ENGL 7700: Approaches, Designs and Procedures in Teaching ESL
4
X
X
ENGL 7701: Pedagogical Grammar/Outcomes Assessment
4
X
X
ENGL 7702: Approaches, Designs and Procedures in Teaching ESL II
4
X
X
ENGL 7703: TESOL Practicum (Supervised Teaching)
5
X
X
X
X

Required Courses for International Students

Course schedules are subject to change. For the most up-to-date information on courses currently being offered, visit the course catalog.

CourseUnitsFallWinterSpringSummer
ENGL 7700: Approaches, Designs and Procedures in Teaching ESL
4
X
X
ENGL 7701: Pedagogical Grammar/Outcomes Assessment
4
X
X
ENGL 7702: Approaches, Designs and Procedures in Teaching ESL II
4
X
X
ENGL 7703: TESOL Practicum (Supervised Teaching)
5
X
X
X
X
One 4-unit Undergraduate English Course
TESOL Workshop (Tutorial Pass/Fail Workshop, Non-Credit)
Supplementary Practicum in the American Language Program (Pass/Fail, Non-Credit)


As a participant in Cal State East Bay’s TESOL Certification Program, you will work hand-in-hand with active, experienced instructors. They’ll provide not only textbook knowledge but also the practical hands-on experience required to ensure your success as a TESOL teacher.

Michael Smith


michael.smith@csueastbay.edu
(510) 885-2358


B.A. English, San Francisco State University
MATESOL, School for International Training

Michael Smith

BA, MA TESOL

My goal is to make learning how to teach language an engaging experience where participants will not only have fun but will also be energized.

With more than 28 years experience in the TESOL field both as an ESL/EFL teacher and a TESOL teacher trainer, Michael K. Smith brings a unique approach to understanding the intersection between language teaching and language learning. In his classes, participants engage experientially with various ways in which language learning comes alive for students. Former students have commented that class time flew by, and they left more energized than when class began.

In addition to his teacher-trainer role, Mr. Smith is on the faculty of the American Language Program where he focuses on teaching ESL writing at various levels, reading and vocabulary, listening and speaking, and IELTS prep.

 

Ruth Larimer

PhD, MA TESOL

I believe in learning from the students, and I think that's important--empowering them and asking them to bring original info to the class.

Dr. Ruth Larimer brings the ideal blend of knowledge and hands-on experience to Cal State East Bay’s TESOL program. She holds a Ph.D. in Education with a specialty in second language acquisition and a master’s degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.

She spent several years as a university professor, researcher, and dean at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. After leaving the Monterey Institute, Dr. Larimer set out on a new learning experience: running Peace Corps programs in Fiji and Tonga for five years. With the knowledge and expertise gained during her tenure with the Peace Corps, Dr. Larimer gained new insights and ideas to share as an ESL teacher-trainer.

Shannon Woodworth

MA TESOL

The best part of my job as teacher-trainer is seeing the ideas of new teachers blossom and formulate into comprehensive, student-centered lessons. The process is inspirational in every way.

Shannon Woodworth brings a wealth of experience to CSUEB’s TESOL program. She has taught English in central Mexico and has worked at several ESL institutions in the U.S. including community-based programs, day-laborer's unions, college bridge programs, and intensive English programs.

In addition to English instruction, Ms. Woodworth has provided teacher training for continuing and future ESL teachers. She has taught several teacher training courses, such as Second Language Acquisition, Pedagogical Grammar and Outcomes Assessment, and Supervised Teaching Practicum for University of California Santa Cruz Extension and Notre Dame de Namur.

Ms. Woodworth is an enthusiastic member of the TESOL community, frequently volunteering at local and statewide CATESOL events and conferences. In addition to her role as a teacher-trainer at CSUEB, she provides Intensive English instruction at the American Language Program.

 
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Michael SmithBA, MA TESOL

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Ruth LarimerPhD, MA TESOL

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Shannon WoodworthMA TESOL

You’re Invited to Apply

If you hold a four-year bachelor's degree and possess some knowledge of a second language, you are invited to apply to the TESOL Certificate Program. Individual courses can be taken without formal admission to the certificate program.

If you are a non-U.S. resident, you may apply for admission into a separate international TESOL Certificate Program. Proof of a bachelor's degree or equivalent and a TOEFL score of 525/197 are required for admission.



Additional Information for International Student Admissions


Non-U.S. residents applying from outside the United States should apply and submit an International Certificate Program Application at least two months prior to the start of the quarter. There is a one-time, non-refundable application fee of $100, payable when you file your application.

Upon acceptance and admission, you will receive an I-20 form in order to obtain F-1 student status. Please contact the ALP Office to request the documents necessary for the issuance of the I-20. Additional application fees may apply.

Common Questions

How much does the program cost?
The total estimated cost of the TESOL Certificate Program is $3,145 for the standard 4-course program. The estimated cost of the international TESOL Program is $3,000, plus a $100 application fee. Please note that program tuition fees are subject to change at any time. Each course in the program has a tuition cost associated with it. Tuition for each course is due when you register for that course.

Is there a withdrawal and refund policy?
Withdrawal and Refund Policies vary depending on the type of program in which you enroll. Some Continuing Education programs have course-specific refund policies that supersede the general refund policy. Please contact the Program Coordinator directly if you have any questions about the refund and drop policies or click here for more details.

What financing options are available to me?
CSUEB offers tuition assistance for active and retired military as well as qualified dependents. Get VA Educational Benefit details online.

Traditional financial aid (such as completing the FAFSA, Pell Grants, etc.) is not applicable for Continuing Education certificate programs. Learn more about other financial aid options.

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At a Glance

Area of study: Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Ideal for: Professionals who intend to serve as English-language teachers in the U.S. and overseas

Professionals interested in pursuing a postgraduate teaching certificate which would allow them to teach in overseas private language schools

Professionals who seek an adult or community college teaching credential and require coursework that can apply toward it

Program format: Night classes at CSUEB’s Hayward Hills Campus

Number of courses: 4-7 courses

Program length: 6 months minimum

Tuition cost: $3,145 (Tuition fees are subject to change at any time.)

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