Professional TESOL Certificate

Global and domestic demand has never been higher for qualified English language teachers and with demand comes competition for the best opportunities.

The Professional TESOL Certificate (Teaching English to Students of Other Languages) from the University of Utah provides the knowledge, practical experience and authoritative credential to help you successfully pursue a variety of rewarding teaching positions.

Whether you are seeking a long-term career or a life-changing cultural experience, we encourage you to consider the Professional TESOL Certificate as your gateway to a universe of teaching opportunities.

The Professional TESOL Certificate is offered in collaboration with the Department of Linguistics in the College of Humanities. These collaborative non-credit certificates utilize existing for-credit classes and as such, have unique application requirements which are described in the information below.

This non-credit Professional TESOL Certificate prepares students to teach English to learners in the United States or abroad. This is a basic level program.

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Who Should Attend

The Professional TESOL Certificate is designed for individuals with a variety of professional and personal goals including:

  • Those who are new to teaching English as well as experienced English language teaching professionals who want to strengthen their skills
  • Native and non-native speaking teachers of English
  • Those wanting to teach English as part of international cultural experiences
  • Those with a desire to teach abroad in any context (K-12, college, private, tutoring)
  • Those wanting to work with immigrant and refugee populations in the United States through nonprofit agencies and private language schools

Why get your TESOL certificate at the University of Utah

The University of Utah is the premier, trusted, professional education provider in the western United States. Our certificates carry significant weight and give recipients a competitive advantage as they build their professional careers. Choosing the University of Utah for your certificate program makes a clear statement about your commitment to excellence.

  • Learn from the same high-quality faculty that teach in our degree programs.
  • Develop a valuable University of Utah peer and faculty network.
  • Convenient online classes offer a schedule that works around you. Go to class whenever and wherever you want.
  • Affordable pay-as-you-go option allows students to pay for classes in the semester taken. Payment for the full certificate up front is not required.
  • Non-credit certificate students have access to many University of Utah services and opportunities available to degree-seeking students.
  • Benefit from an educational environment that focuses on experiential education – this certificate features two classes that require outside practical experience; LING 5810 and LING 5813. Assistance in finding appropriate experiences is provided by the program staff.

Learn more about opportunities available to those with a TESOL credential at TESOL International Association.

Required Courses – there are 6 required courses. Courses meet with for-credit sections over a traditional 15 week, 3 credit format.

Format – online courses. The program is designed for working professionals in a convenient online format, allowing students to study when and where they want. Each course is held over one semester.

Program Start Options – fall, spring or summer semesters. Course availability varies each semester. Please check with the program advisor or the University of Utah course catalog to explore your individual program of study options.

Course Sequencing – there are recommended guidelines for course sequencing.

It is recommended that LING 1200 be taken early in the program of study.
It is recommended that LING 5810 L2 Methodology, be taken with or immediately following LING 1200.
It is recommended that LING 5813 Practicum, be taken as the final class in the certificate.
Students varying from the sequence should consult recommended programs-of-study and work with their academic advisor to determine options for taking courses.

Class Schedule – online courses are conveniently available to students at any time.

Average Time to Complete – the certificate can be completed in as little as 2 semesters. Students must complete the program within five years. There is no minimum or maximum number of credits a student must or can take per semester.

Prerequisites – proof of writing proficiency coursework is required for all non-credit certificate students. At the University of Utah, this is commonly satisfied by WRTG 2010 or EAS 1060 or an approved equivalent. This requirement is normally part of general education requirements for undergraduate students.
While it is recommended that students take this course in advance of the program, it can be completed as a co-requisite.

Application and Completion Requirements

Application

A bachelor's degree is required for all applicants.

International applicants who did not receive their bachelor's or graduate degree from a college or university that teaches entirely in English must show English proficiency with a minimum TOEFL score of 80 or IELTS score of 6.5.

Completion

A certificate is awarded upon satisfactory completion of six required courses. After completing all requirements, students may request to receive their official certificate by completing the Request for Certificate form. All requirements must be completed within five years after the student starts his/her first course. Upon verified completion, the Professional TESOL Certificate will appear on official University of Utah transcripts.

Digital Badges

example of digital badge for TESOLUpon completion, students will receive a digital badge that can be added to their social media accounts like Facebook and LinkedIn, and shared with their professional networks.

Follow the link on the badge to the left to find out what metadata is behind the Professional TESOL certificate badge.

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Courses

The online Professional TESOL Certificate is a non-credit 18-credit program with six required courses that are offered in a time frame comparable to a traditional semester schedule with fixed start and end dates. Courses meet with for-credit sections.

PEPEC 120 Introduction to the Study of Language

The Foundation Course is an introduction to the nature of human language from the perspective of modern linguistics. Focuses on sounds, words, and sentences through analysis of data from various languages. Additional topics may include: social and geographic variation, language change through time, first- and second-language acquisition, language and culture.

PEPEC 322 World Englishes

The purpose of this course is to investigate the spread of English as an international language: its historical development, socio-cultural diversity and linguistics variation. In addition to numerous readings on native and non-narrative varieties of English, which can be found throughout the world (e.g., Indian English, Singaporean English, Chicano English, etc.), topics related to educational linguistics within a World Englishes paradigm will also be addressed in order to better understand common pedagogical problems and concerns related to the English language teaching in international contexts.

PEPEC 350 Introduction to English Grammar

A descriptive overview of the forms and function of English grammar structures with guidance in standard usage.

PEPEC 360 Cross Cultural Communication

Brings together native and non-native speakers of English to explore the theory and practice of communication across languages and cultures.

PEPEC 581 L2 Methodology (practical experience)

An examination of approaches and methods in second-language teaching, as well as the theories of language and language acquisition on which they are based. Discussion and practice of current assessment procedures. Also a focus on educators' implicit theories of L2 learning and teaching. Includes critiqued peer teaching.

PEPEC 582 Practicum

Observation and teaching of L2 classes.

Program Cost

Non-credit tuition for the full certificate is $3200.

Tuition for individual classes is as follows:

PEPEC 120 TESOL Introduction to the Study of Language $500
PEPEC 322 World Englishes $500
PEPEC 350 Introduction to English Grammar $500
PEPEC 360 Cross Cultural Communication $500
PEPEC 581 L2 Methodology $600
PEPEC 582 Practicum $600

Tuition is due at the beginning of each course, offering a convenient pay-as-you-go option. Textbooks are additional costs. Tuition listed above is for the 2016-2017 academic year and subject to change without advance notice.

Online courses may have an additional $60 per class fee.

Financial aid is not available for this non-credit certificate.

How to Apply

A bachelor's or AA degree in any academic background is required for all applicants.

The following information is required on the application:

  • Personal information such as your name, address, phone and email address
  • Academic history – degree, degree institution, year
  • University of Utah student history (if any)
  • Your response to two short questions:
    1. Why are you interested in pursuing a Professional TESOL Certificate at this time in your life?
    2. What are your professional or personal goals once you have completed the certificate?

Please have all information available when you are ready to start the application. Once the application is started, there is no option to save and return. Uploading of documents for short-answer responses is not available. Please be prepared to enter directly or paste from another document.

There is no fee to apply.

This non-credit certificate program is not open to University of Utah matriculated (degree-seeking) students. Degree-seeking students can pursue a for-credit certificate at either the undergraduate or graduate levels. Find out more about for-credit options here.

Applicants can expect to receive information about their application within 10 days of submission.

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Deadlines and Important Dates

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. For planning purposes, applicants are encouraged to submit their application at least one month prior to the intended start date.
Find information about the University of Utah academic calendar here: registrar.utah.edu/academic-calendars.

Certificate Completion

A certificate is awarded upon satisfactory completion of the six required courses. After completing all requirements, students may request to receive their official certificate by completing the Request for Certificate form. All requirements must be completed within four years after the student starts his/her first course.

For students earning a "satisfactory" grade, the completed certificate will appear on official University of Utah transcripts.

Digital Badges

example of digital badge for this certificateUpon completion, students will receive a digital badge that can be added to their social media accounts like Facebook and LinkedIn, and shared with their professional networks.

Follow the link on the badge to the left to find out what metadata is behind the University of Utah certificate badge.

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Frequently Asked Questions about the TESOL Certificate

For students who have completed certificate classes previously in a for-credit format at the University of Utah, within the last five years, but who are not currently admitted, up to five 3 credit classes may be used towards the non-credit certificate. This does not apply to the capstone class, LING 581 which must be completed at the end of the non-credit certificate. Satisfactory grade requirements must be met.

For students who have completed a certificate class at another university, upon program manager approval, up to one 3 credit class may be used towards the non-credit certificate. Students will register and pay for the class but a satisfactory grade will automatically be applied towards completion. This does not apply to the practicum class, LING 5813, which must be completed at the end of the University of Utah non-credit certificate. Satisfactory grade requirements must be met.

Non-credit certificate students participate in the courses in the same manner as for-credit students including exams, projects, discussion groups and other assignments. Based on faculty preference, non-credit certificate students may be given letter grades or a satisfactory / unsatisfactory for individual assignments and exams.

Completed certificates are listed on the University of Utah official transcripts however only with an assessment of satisfactory / unsatisfactory. Letter grades are not awarded for non-credit courses.

This certificate is non-credit and cannot be applied to any for-credit degree.

For a three credit hour class, each student is expect to spend approximately six hours per week outside the classroom.

The online courses in this certificate are asynchronous – meaning you don't have to attend online classes at a specific time. Our students use a combination of self-study and peer-to-peer interaction over an online learning network to facilitate instruction. You'll complete weekly assignments, readings, discussions, and occasional group work, as well as exams and other activities designed to enhance learning outcomes, all at times that are most convenient to you.

Using chat, video conferencing, phone calls, email, social media, bulletin boards, and more, you'll stay connected with fellow students and faculty, building personal networks along the way.

Your courses are developed by faculty and instructional designers who understand the specific needs of learners in an online environment. Special consideration is given to advance planning and setting expectations in the online classroom, so each curriculum is outlined in a syllabus distributed at the start of the course. This document provides an overview of the course assignments, grading strategy, student and faculty expectations, and course materials, as well as an understanding of the course goals and learning outcomes.

Yes, there are recommendations regarding course sequencing:

  • It is recommended that LING 1200 be taken early in the program of study.
  • It is recommended that LING 5810 L2 Methodology, be taken with or immediately following LING 1200.
  • It is recommended that LING 5813 Practicum, be taken as the final class in the certificate.

The certificate program staff is open to working with students to determine a program-of-study that fits their work and academic experience, goals and schedule constraints.

There are no minimums or maximum number of credits restrictions for students. Students skipping one or more semesters are encouraged to communicate with their program advisor regarding completion plans.

Once admitted to the certificate, students are responsible for enrolling in individual classes on their own through the Continuing Education Academic Noncredit program. They may consult with the TESOL advisor if they have questions about which classes to take.

There are numerous websites with information about finding teaching opportunities. We've listed a few great resources below to get you started. The TESOL program staff is also available to answer questions and provide suggestions.

TESOL Jobs
TESOL.org

Students pursuing a certificate are considered "non-degree seeking," a status that is not eligible for federal student aid loan programs.

Most classes are offered at least twice a year, and we recommend visiting the University of Utah class schedule for the most updated information.

The full University of Utah class schedule can be found here.

Certificate classes meet with for-credit sections. Registration for certificate classes is through Academic Noncredit once a student is admitted into the certificate program.

This certificate will not help toward meeting licensure requirements for a Utah state teaching license.

TESL refers to teaching English as a second language: programs in English-speaking countries for students whose first language is one other than English.

TEFL refers to teaching English as a foreign language: programs in countries where English is not the primary language and is not a lingua franca.

TESOL, which stands for teaching English to speakers of other languages, is a general name for the field of teaching that includes both TESL and TEFL.

Yes!

One of the biggest advantages of getting your TESOL certificate at the University of Utah is the one-on-one assistance available from our program staff. They have a strong local network with organizations that can provide meaningful practical experiences to match your goals and experiences.

Participants who are in the US studying on a Visa, are advised to check the requirement of their Visa to determine if these online courses will impact their Visa status.

If you have a question that isn't listed above or have other concerns, please feel free to contact us via our online form.

Professional Education / University of Utah
Phone: 801-585-1780
E-mail: proed@continue.utah.edu
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TESOL Certificate Program
Justin Nistler
Academic Advisor, Linguistics
University of Utah
801-585-5092
justin.nistler@utah.edu

For more information about our Veterans/Military Program, contact Bill Bialcak at 801-589-4179.