Graduate Certificate in TESOL
City University of Seattle offers a Graduate Certificate in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). With over 25 years of experience offering accredited graduate-level TESOL courses, Washington Academy of Languages’ program offers students a hands-on experience designed to bridge theory and practice. Whether a student is just entering the workforce or changing careers, the online TESOL certification program prepares graduates to face the unique rigors of classroom teaching abroad.
In the program, students will gain foundational knowledge in language acquisition, development and linguistics, paying particular attention to classroom application. Faculty members work hard to create an individualized field experience practicum that will best position students for success with personal goals.
CityU of Seattle is proud to be one of the only online TESOL certification programs offering a field experience element. Students typically work part time to complete five short online courses and one practicum in three quarters. Local students can finish in just one quarter by working full time during our summer intensive program at CityU’s downtown Seattle location. Let CityU help you gain confidence in your teaching skills. Contact a CityU advisor to learn more today.
Most program graduates find work teaching English to adult learners overseas. Others apply their learning to younger classrooms or use their knowledge in administrative roles with English acquisition organizations in the U.S. or abroad. If you’re just entering the industry, you can use your online TESOL certification as a stepping stone toward our Advanced TESOL Graduate Certificate or our Master of Education in Adult Learning with TESOL Emphasis.
Your undergraduate degree and proof of English proficiency qualify you to apply to this program. Learn more about our summer intensive and online TESOL certification courses by getting in touch with an advisor. Your graduate work, accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), will give you a practical start to a lifelong career filled with your own brand of diversity and adventure.
TESOL 510 Introduction to Linguistics and Language Acquisition (3)
This course presents an overview of the field of linguistics including phonology, morphology, syntax, pragmatics, psycholinguistics and sociolinguistics. Special emphasis is placed on the psychology of teaching and learning a language. There are many opportunities to connect theory with practice.
TESOL 520 History and Methods of Teaching Language (2)
Basic methods and techniques for teaching the English language to all proficiency levels in a multicultural classroom are introduced. In addition, task-learning to LEP students is demonstrated. Participants have the opportunity to develop lesson plans and to discuss practical applications of materials learned.
TESOL 530 Teaching Grammar (3)
Addresses the problems of teaching grammar and grammatical structures and offers hints on avoiding pitfalls. Practical sequencing, shortcuts, simplifications and integrated approaches to teaching grammar are discussed as are culturally effective techniques.
TESOL 540 Strategies for Teaching the Four Skills: Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing (3)
This course explores the methodologies available to build proficiency in the skill areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing. It also examines the learner skill repertoire required as well as practical techniques available to assist language students at all levels of proficiency.
TESOL 550 Materials Development and Selection (2)
This course is designed to give teachers awareness of the kinds of criteria used in designing classroom materials for the teaching of English Language Learners at all levels of proficiency. Materials will be considered in terms of the specific problems they address, the objectives they accomplish, the activities engendered and the use of materials as evaluative tools. Participants will learn about new materials and explore the variability of lessons as they develop their own materials. Also featured are opportunities for class participants to share useful activities and ideas.
TESOL 598 Field Experience Practicum (2)
Field Experience Practicum is a self-guided program in which TESOL Certificate students participate in a 10-hour field experience, designed to prepare them as TESOL professionals in future settings. Emphasis is placed on classroom observation of ESL, or other discipline related programs (e.g. literacy, immigrant assimilation, etc.). Students learn about various practices and teaching methodologies in TESOL settings and gain first-hand experiences in their selected settings.