Undergraduate Certificate in TESOL

The Undergraduate Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Certificate Program at Hawai'i Pacific University is designed for:

  • students who have completed a bachelor's degree
  • classroom teachers of English as a second or foreign language who need a refresher curriculum to upgrade their teaching skills
  • college graduates who wish to enter the field of TESOL but do not wish to get a second bachelor's degree or go on to the graduate level
  • students who wish to prepare for graduate work in TESOL or linguistics

Practicum Courses

The HPU TESOL program has a well-deserved reputation for its practical, hands-on approach to language teacher development. Nearly all TESOL students take two practicum courses. In the first, they observe language classes in a variety of settings both on and off campus. In the second, they serve as assistant or autonomous student teachers. In addition, TESOL students often work as student tutors in HPU’s Center for Academic Success, assisting other students with English, world languages, math, and other subjects. They also find both paid and volunteer opportunities for professional development off campus. Literacy programs, language centers, and public schools are all located within easy walking distance or a short bus ride of HPU classrooms.

To ensure that our students are prepared for their required practicum experiences, for both paid and volunteer opportunities at HPU or elsewhere, and for a full range of employment opportunities following graduation, all TESOL students must complete a criminal background check. Details are included in the full policy statement (PDF).

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Certificate Requirements

For more information about our TESOL programs, contact the Program Chairs at <tesol@hpu.edu>