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COEHD  Degree Information Sheet

Graduate Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language (CertTESL)

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Purpose of Program

The Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language (CertTESL) provides the specialized training students need to begin teaching the English language in the U.S. or abroad, whether they are exploring a career change, adding specialized training to current professional skills or planning to teach English after retirement. No prior training in language teaching or linguistics is required. Practical, hands-on courses offer students a general foundation in methods, techniques and strategies for teaching English to all ages. The program places a special emphasis on teaching English in multilingual settings, preparing candidates seeking the certificate to offer socially responsible and linguistically appropriate lessons to help their students develop strong intercultural communication skills. * * Please Note * * The Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language (CertTESL) IS NOT equivalent to the Texas Education Agency's Teacher Certification in ESL or Bilingual Education. Individuals interested in Teacher Certification should consider BITE-C or TESL-C degree programs. Please contact the BBL Student Development Specialist.

Program Options

The CertTESL consists of 15 credit hours (five graduate courses), which students may take at their own pace. The certificate can be completed within one calendar year.

Students can tailor the program to individual needs by choosing courses in language teaching methods and literacy.

CertTESL Core Courses:
ESL 5013 Foundations in Second Language Acquisition
ESL 5043 Listening and Speaking in Second Language Programs
ESL 6943 Internship in English as a Second Language

CertTESL Certificate Program Courses:
ESL 5053 Approaches to Second Language Instruction
ESL 5073 Computer Assisted Language Learning
ESL 5033 Second Language Reading and Writing
ESL 6043 Family and Adult Literacy in Language Minority Communities

Career Opportunities

As global migration and international trade is becoming routine, more individuals need to learn English in order to communicate. As a result, the demand for those with basic training in ESL is increasing and the opportunities to teach worldwide are expanding. Certification prepares you to work in areas such as: community-based language programs for immigrants and refugees, private language schools abroad, corporate training/ consulting, international aid work, and tutoring learners of English.

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Admission Requirements

All applicants must meet UTSA Graduate School admission requirements and be in good standing with last institution attended. In addition, applicants must meet/fulfill the following departmental requirements or submissions:

Current Graduate Students - Submit a program entry request form through Certificate Program Advisor:

Not Currently Enrolled - Students not currently enrolled must apply as a Special Graduate Student and:

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree (or foreign equivalent) from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of coursework and all graduate work
  • International students must have a minimum Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 550 (paper) or 79 (Internet)
  • Be recommended for special admission by the Department's Graduate Program Committee
  • Be in good academic standing with the last institution attended

** Students who do not meet the minimum admission requirements should contact the program's Student Development Specialist and consult the Graduate School Catalog for additional guidance.

Freshmen | Freshmen (International) | Transfers | Transfer (International) | Re-Admission | Non-Degree Seeking

For assistance with Admission Requirements, or for further information, contact the program's Student Development Specialist (Listed Under Contacts)


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The University of Texas at San Antonio
College of Education and Human Development
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San Antonio, TX 78249