Location: Asynchronous, Online
12 Hours of Graduate Coursework
App Deadline: Jan. 1, May 1, Aug. 1
The online Certificate Program in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) is a non-degree option that prepares students to teach English to non-native speakers in a variety of contexts ranging from overseas instruction to community college instruction to language support in community settings.
The program is well-suited for both those who have a background in education as well as those who wish to make a career change and move into an exciting and diverse field. The topics covered are governed by the guidelines established by the TESOL International Association.
The program enables students to analyze the linguistic components of English- syntax, morphology, semantics, pragmatics, phonology, phonetics, and discourse. Students also cover sociolinguistic questions concerning the relationship of language to culture and issues related to dialects and varieties of English. In addition, students will study language acquisition and have opportunities to apply theoretical insight to the practical task of designing and implementing lesson plans and courses of study.
Join us at one of our upcoming virtual Graduate School Open House events on Zoom! You'll have the opportunity to learn more
about Western Carolina University, understand the Graduate School application process,
and meet key program representatives.
Virtual Open House
Tuesday May 16: 5-6pm
Join us at one of our upcoming virtual Graduate School Open House events on Zoom! You'll have the opportunity to learn more about Western Carolina University, understand the Graduate School application process, and meet key program representatives.
By the end of the certificate program, students will be able to:
A student who selects the TESOL Certificate Program must successfully complete the following 15 hours of graduate coursework in TESOL:
If you already have a bachelor’s degree and would like to teach TESOL, the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) allows you to earn an advanced degree and a teaching license at the same time.
Learn More about the Comprehensive MAT TESOL concentration