Why pursue the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Undergraduate Certificate at APSU?
This online undergraduate Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) certificate program is designed for candidates who are interested in pursuing a career of teaching English to speakers of other languages abroad or non-K-12 populations in the USA. Candidates will benefit from a solid knowledge of language fundamentals paired with pedagogical training and teaching experience after successfully completing a prescribed set of four online courses.
What will I learn?
Program graduates will:
- know, understand, and use major concepts, principles, theories, and research related to the structure and acquisition of language
- know, understand, and use research-based practices and strategies related to planning, implementing, and managing standards- based ESL instruction.
- demonstrate understanding of issues and concepts of assessment and use standards-based procedures with ELL students.
- have the skills to work collaboratively with school staff and the community to improve the learning environment, provide support, and advocate for ELL students and their families.
The Freshmen Seminar degree requirement completed by most students is APSU 1000. The course is delivered in a small-class setting with like-minded students led by a faculty member and a peer leader. The interdisciplinary course is intended to support first-semester students and provide them with a foundation for university success. Emphasis is placed on student engagement, university learning success strategies, support services, library literacy, financial literacy, and academic and career planning. The first class meeting of APSU 1000 during fall semesters is on Freshmen Convocation Day.
The general education core is designed to develop critical competencies in written communication, oral communication, mathematical analysis, and critical thinking skills. Students at APSU select coursework in the general education core in the areas of Communication, Humanities and Fine Arts, Social and Behavioral Sciences, History, Natural Sciences, and Mathematics. While the general education core requirements for graduation can be met by choosing courses from each of these areas, some programs of study require lower division courses that serve as prerequisites for upper division courses. Students should consult the sample 4-year plans and confer with their academic advisors as they choose their general education core courses.
What engagement opportunities are available to APSU students?
APSU fosters a positive campus environment that encourages active participation in university life.
APSU students engage in HIP curricular and co-curricular experiences that advance their learning and knowledge. Opportunities include first-year seminar, first-year learning communities, common reading experience 'The Peay Read', undergraduate research, study abroad, service and community-based learning, internships, e-portfolio development, and capstone courses & projects.
What can I do with a TESOL Certificate?
- Teach English in Public School System
- Teach English in non K-12 populations in the U.S.A
- Teach at local private English Training Centers
- Teach English online at International English Training Companies
- Teach English Abroad
- Teach at an English as a Second Language Institute
- Teaching at International English Language Schools Abroad
- TESOL Teaching Material Writer/Editor