Teach English Language to Learners of All Ages

The comprehensive Advanced TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) certificate covers everything offered in CityU’s graduate TESOL Certificate, with the addition of three courses and a more structured and in-depth internship.Courses are positioned to help you capitalize on the theoretical knowledge expected from a graduate-level education with the best instruction from CityU’s experienced faculty.

Courses for this advanced TESOL certificate program are held both online and on-site.

The TESOL advanced certificate program provides flexible learning options, with 15 of the 24 credits available online. The additional nine credits, including your faculty-guided internship, are taken on-site in Seattle during CityU’s summer intensive program. The entirety of the program can be completed on-site during two consecutive summers, or online over three quarters followed by one in-person summer intensive.


The field experience element is a highlight of the program, offering unparalleled hands-on experiences so students can gain confidence as an overseas classroom teacher even if they come from a non-teaching background.

Continuing Your Education

If you’re interested in teaching English in a college setting, CityU’s Master of Education in Adult Learning with TESOL Emphasis could be a great option for you. All 24 credits from this TESOL Advanced Certificate can be applied toward your TESOL emphasis area.

Students taking the TESOL emphasis will complete six additional classes from our Washington School of Languages. The M.Ed. in Adult Education with a TESOL Emphasis is 47-credits and can be completed in two years completely online.

Certificate Transfer: Students with a post-bachelor’s TESOL Certificate can transfer in 12-credit hours towards the TESOL emphasis allowing you to graduate in 18 months with your master’s degree.

The M.Ed. in Adult Education with a TESOL emphasis is perfect for students working overseas with a post-bachelor’s basic TESOL certificate. In just a year and a half – completely online – they can earn a master’s degree.

Learning Outcomes

Throughout the Advanced TESOL certificate program, you’ll learn:

  • Major theories of language learning in young children (aged 4-12)
  • Challenges involved in classroom management and assessment in an English language learning environment
  • An overview of the field of linguistics

Classroom teaching of ESL, or other discipline related programs

H3: Course Requirements


Teaching English to the Young Learner (2)

TESOL 560 introduces the major theories of language learning in young children (aged 4-12). Students learn the major theories through application to the four language domains: speaking, listening, reading, and writing, in a variety of settings. By the end of the course, students are able to design and teach an appropriate instructional unit and lesson for a selected population of young learners.


Classroom Management, Grading and Assessment (2)

TESOL 570 is designed to improve awareness and understanding of the particular challenges involved in classroom management and assessment in an English language learning environment. Candidates review the basics of classroom management, and testing and evaluation in language and content classrooms. Candidates learn techniques for integrating classroom management practices and design assessment tools for systematically evaluating student performance for all language skills. Course Entry Requirements: TESOL 510, 520, 530, 540, 550, 598.


Introduction to Applied Linguistics (2)

Prerequisite: TESOL 510 TESOL 580 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 languages effectively, as well as practical approaches to teaching pronunciation to language learners. Candidates connect theory with practice and explore the characteristics of how languages are analyzed, adapted, and changed. Candidates discover and analyze how languages differ from one culture to the next and reflect social relationships.


Field Experience Internship (3)

Prerequisite: TESOL 560, 570, 580

TESOL 590 Field Experience Internship is a self-guided program in which TESOL Certificate students participate in a 20-hour teaching experience, designed to prepare them as TESOL professionals in future settings. Emphasis is placed on classroom teaching of ESL, or other discipline related programs (e.g. literacy, immigrant assimilation, etc.). Students employ various practices and teaching methodologies in TESOL settings and gain first-hand experiences. Students create and implement a unit plan, document their teaching, and write a reflection on the internship experience.

Our advanced TESOL graduates are qualified to teach in private and public schools at home or overseas and are prepared for such roles as:

  • Tutors
  • Advisors
  • Directors
  • Volunteers

Teaching English to speakers of other languages is an impactful career with results you can see immediately for the ultimate reward.

Networking Opportunities

At CityU, you’ll have the opportunity to expand your professional network by connecting with faculty working in your field, students from around the globe, and alumni employed at Seattle’s top companies. Plus, you’ll be part of a supportive community that’s dedicated to helping you reach your career goals.

Tuition Cost

Learn more about tuition and fees for our undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs.

Financial Aid Opportunities

At CityU, we’re committed to helping students achieve their academic goals no matter their economic situations. Our financial aid counselors are here to find the resources you need to pay for your education, including grants, loans, work study, and scholarships.

Learn more about financial aid opportunities at CityU, or contact our Financial Aid Team at 800.426.5596, 206.239.4540, or finaid@cityu.edu.

Military Tuition Benefits

As a Yellow Ribbon school, CityU is proud to serve those who have served in the military. We offer military tuition discounts for active-duty servicemembers and their spouses and accept military benefits such as the Post 9/11 GI Bill® and Tuition Assistance.

Learn more about military tuition benefits, VA benefits, and military partnership programs designed to help you reach your military and career goals.