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Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL)


The demand for quality English language instruction is higher than ever. Advance your career with a certificate in teaching English as a second language (TESL).

Why Get a Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL)?

A certificate in teaching English as a second Language (TESL) is helpful if you intend to teach English to speakers of other languages in the United States or English as a foreign language abroad.

A certificate provides you with the necessary knowledge and real-world skills you need to effectively step into a career in TESL.

The certificate is ideally suited for those who teach in private institutions and in colleges and universities abroad, as well as those who work as teachers or tutors in adult education programs in California and other states.

Why Study Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) at CSUN?

Committed to Your Success

We are committed to our students' success and are focused on equity and inclusion. Our faculty members are dedicated to excellence in teaching, research and service, with the knowledge that an appreciation of linguistic and cultural diversity is a crucial aspect of an inclusive society.

A Rigorous Education

You'll receive advanced training in the theoretical and practical aspects of English instruction through courses taught by experienced CSUN faculty. Coursework deals with the specific approaches to teaching English to people whose native language is not English.

What You'll Learn

To begin, you'll take one prerequisite course presenting foundational approaches of linguistics.

You'll then take these required courses:

  • Foundational Concepts of Language Development and Acquisition
  • English Structures for ESL/EFL Teaching
  • Introduction to TESL
  • TESL Classroom Practices in Postsecondary Academic Settings
  • TESL Testing and Assessment

Graduate units earned in the program may, in most cases, be applied toward a master’s degree in TESL or in linguistics at CSUN.


Careers & Outcomes

Certificate holders work in a variety of settings. Below are sample job titles.

Job Titles

  • Curriculum specialist
  • Academic Advisor
  • Private tutor
  • Consultant

Admission Information

To be considered for admission to CSUN's graduate certificate program, you will need to:

To learn more about the certificate, contact the program coordinator.

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