How to Get a TESOL-ESL Certificate


Teaching ESL, English as a Second Language, or becoming a TESOL, Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages, is a fulfilling career and one that is steadily becoming more sought-after than in year before. As an area of study, it is fast becoming a popular choice for many educators.

As the demand for this field increases, more universities have improved the availability of attaining a TESOL certificate. There are several options available to those wishing to earn an ESL degree online.

ESL- English as a Second Language

Bachelor’s Degree with TESOL/ESL Certification

This is certainly a great way for a student to teach in schools that primarily have students that do not speak English as their primary language. While attaining this emphasis, a student should first get acquainted with a degree in education, showing their understanding and proficiency in general studies. In addition, they must be specializing in a subject and taking courses to give them proficiency in teaching English as a second language.

This type of curriculum requires a person to be in a classroom setting. Therefore, though a portion of the syllabus is available on the web, the student will eventually have to satisfy all teaching requirements in order to graduate.

Master’s Level

The most common way to earn post-graduation is by current educators to attain master’s degree with a concentrate in either ESL or TESOL.  They include a Master’s in Education (M.Ed.) for both and Masters of Education (M.Ed.) for K-12 or Bilingual Teacher K-12.  Curriculum availability will depend upon the university of choice.

In the case of earning a post-graduate, since the student is already an educator, all coursework to complete graduation may be taken online, unlike bachelor’s where at least the instructing part will have to be done in the classroom setting. Distance learning programs in education are very desirable as they are easy to work around your current collegiate schedule.

Many distance learning universities have accredited programs with an emphasis or certification in ESL/TESOL available.  If you are planning to pursue an online degree in ESL/TESOL programs, you will want to make sure that whatever you choose meets your state requirements. However, with so many to choose from, you are sure to find an online college that will meet all your academic and scheduling needs.

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