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TESOL Certificate

Certificate Program (110 hours)

In this 110-hour teacher training program, participants are introduced to TESOL methodologies and approaches, various techniques for planning and teaching classes in all the English language-skill areas, cross-cultural communication, and a variety of levels and learning styles in the ESL classroom. Through a program of lectures, readings, discussions, assignments, practical teaching exercises, classroom observations, team teaching, and student teaching, participants will acquire a fundamental knowledge of the methodology and materials of TESOL and the basic skills needed in putting that knowledge into practice.

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A bachelor’s degree
Applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree or its foreign equivalent with a minimum grade point average of B (3.0 on a 4-point scale). Preference is given to applicants who have studied abroad, worked with international students, and/or have any EFL/ESL teaching experience (including volunteer).

TOEFL® iBT® 65 or IELTS 6.0
(for non-native English speakers)

Each applicant who is not a native speaker of English must: (1) achieve a score of 100 or higher on the iBT TOEFL (Skill Requirements: Reading and Listening – High; Speaking and Writing – one skill must be at the level of Good) or 7.5 or higher on the IELTS (Skill Requirements: Speaking and Writing – combined minimum of 13) or their equivalent and (2) have good spoken English skills (a score of at least 4 on the ITA interview test administered by the University of Pittsburgh).

Teaching English Language
Prior teaching experience is not necessary but an interview may be required for non-native English speakers.