Graduate Certificate in TESOL

The Graduate Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Certificate is an 18-credit program designed with courses in three areas: linguistic theory, pedagogy (teaching methods), and practicum.  With this balanced curriculum, students can prepare themselves for ESL/EFL teaching in the United States or overseas.  A full-time student can finish the program in an academic year or one academic year plus a summer session.  Part-time students can move through the program at their own pace.


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

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