City University of Seattle’s Washington Academy of Languages (WAL) offers a Graduate Certificate in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages).
This program provides students a hands-on learning experience designed to bridge theory and practice. Students gain knowledge in language acquisition, development and linguistics, paying particular attention to classroom application.
- Flexible: This is one of the only online certified TESOL program that includes field experience and individualized course work.
- Time to completion: Students typically work part-time to complete five online courses and one practicum in three quarters. Seattle-based students can finish in just one quarter by working full-time during WAL’s summer intensive program. However this is offered onsite at CityU’s Seattle campus.
- Admissions requirements: An undergraduate degree and proof of English proficiency.
Where do Alumni work?
Most 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.
What’s the next step, after earning a certificate?
You can apply this certificate as a stepping stone toward our Advanced TESOL Graduate Certificate or CityU’s Master of Education in Adult Learning with TESOL Emphasis.
Whether you’re entering the workforce or changing careers, the TESOL certificate will prepare you to face the unique rigors of classroom teaching. Connect with our advisors to learn more today.
This course introduces major theories of first and second language acquisition and how the two processes are related. Candidates will investigate how psychological, social-cultural, and linguistic factors affect students’ second language learning and how to develop one’s own teaching strategies that reflect what constitutes language and how languages are learned. Candidates will also develop a personal philosophy that articulates a theoretical approach to teaching languages and informs future practice.
TESOL 525 introduces candidates to a historical overview of a variety of language teaching methods including (but not limited to) the Grammar Translation Method, Direct Method, Audio-Lingual Method, Communicative Language Teaching, and Content-Based Instruction. Candidates examine and analyze a variety of teaching methods that reflect similar or opposing views based on different language learning principles. Through course readings and a discussion board forum, candidates reflect on what constitutes language and how languages are learned with the purpose of gaining a fuller understanding of the principles and practices behind the choices teachers make regarding particular methods. Candidates will also complete classroom observation hours and analyze and reflect on this experience.
TESOL 530 focuses on the form, meaning, and usage of English grammar structures and identifies the most problematic areas for English language learners. The course teaches candidates how to develop a clearer understanding of English grammar and terminology. Candidates also learn about explicit and implicit teaching approaches and deliver grammar lesson presentations using these approaches.
TESOL 540 examines a variety of strategies for teaching reading, writing, listening, and speaking to English language learners. Candidates review fundamental concepts and popular teaching methodologies and gain practical knowledge for teaching these skills. Specific topics include activating prior knowledge, giving feedback and making error corrections, and evaluating and using resources and technology. Candidates learn and demonstrate a variety of techniques for teaching the four language skills and design a variety of lessons incorporating these skills. Candidates also synthesize their own language learning experience and teaching philosophy in a final reflection paper.