TESL/TEFL Certificate

The Teaching English as a Second Language or Foreign Language (TESL/TEFL) Certificate is a practical training course for teaching English abroad or in the U.S. We are in our twenty-third successful year of providing teaching skills to participants to use in a wide variety of settings.

Who is the Program Designed For?

The program is designed for adults of all ages and fields who have an interest in teaching or tutoring English to speakers of other languages (TESOL). Previous teaching experience and knowledge of a foreign language are not required. A bachelor's gegree or the equivalent and fluency in English are necessary.

How is the Program Organized?

Five courses totaling twelve Continuing Education Units (120 hours) are required to complete the certificate program. All courses must be taken for certificate completion. Classes are held on selected weekends (Saturday and Sunday) during the fall semester.

Who are the TESL/TEFL Teacher Trainers?

The teacher trainers are experts in the field who have had extensive experience teaching English and training teachers in the U.S. and abroad. The program is directed by Ann K. Fathman, Ph.D., and the instructors include: Michael Smith, MA, Shannon Woodworth, MA and Elizabeth Whalley, Ph.D. They have published numerous materials on English teaching and learning, directed programs, conducted teacher training workshops and taught English throughout the world.

How do I Enroll?

Enrollment in the program does not require formal admission to the university. Registration forms are available on the web or from the program office at 650-508-3730 or Registration and payment may be completed by mail and sent to the NDNU Business Office. Students may pay for the program in full ($1,776.00) or may join the TMS Payment Plan to pay in installments.

When are classes held?

Classes for the TESL/TEFL Program will not be held in Fall 2013 or Spring 2014.

The Courses

ENG 9000: Introduction To English Language Learning and Teaching (1 CEU) Provides an overview of English teaching programs in the U.S. and abroad and opportunities for teaching. Introduces methods and materials for teaching and assessing English language

ENG 9016: Linguistics for ESL/EFL Teachers (3 CEUs) Examines English structure and usage including sounds, grammar, vocabulary, and meaning. Topics covered include English dialects, inter-cultural communication, and ideas for teaching.

ENG 9024: Second Language Acquisition: Theory and Practice (3 CEUs) Examines how languages are learned and factors affecting successful learning. Topics include the influence of theory on practice in ESL curriculum design, materials, and teaching methods.

ENG 9008: ESL/EFL Methods and Materials (3 CEUs) Describes ESL/EFL teaching methodologies through demonstrations and participant practice. Examines materials available for teaching English skills to children and adults at beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels.

ENG 9883: Practicum (2 CEUs) Involves group meetings, classroom observations and teaching lessons. Classroom observations are arranged individually.