Certificate Program


Fluency in a global world

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Certificate Description

English for a global world

A specialized sequence of courses in linguistics and education prepare you to teach English to immigrants and foreign nationals and prepare you to travel abroad to build to teach English. In this program you will learn best practices to teach English to nonnative speakers at all stages of language acquisition, as well as how to communicate effectively with a diverse audience, in terms of culture and nationality. Empower your students—and ultimately yourself.

TESOL curriculum for home and abroad

  • Teach English to school-aged and adult learners in the U.S.
  • Teach English in your home country.
  • Update your current TESOL teaching methods.
  • Improve your online strategies for teaching English.
  • Launch your English teaching career abroad.

TESOL certificate program objectives

  • Identify current language acquisition learning theories
  • Compare leading methodologies and techniques for teaching listening, speaking, reading, and writing English-as-second-language skills.
  • Evaluate the impact of linguistic principles on learners of English as a second language.
  • Formulate effective teaching objectives, lesson plans and assessments for English learners of all levels
  • Master key principles of teaching English grammar.
  • Integrate current instructional technology for English as a second language acquisition and assessment.

What is the job outlook for TESOL instructors?

English language instructors are in increasing demand in the U.S and abroad. The English learner population grew by more than one million students, 28.1 percent, between 2000 and 2017, according to data published by the U.S. Department of Education.

Required Credits: Total Required: 27 units. Take 6 required courses (18 units) of required credit, 2-4 courses (4 units) of elective credit. End with capstone course (5 units) followed by certificate review.
Duration: A full-time student can complete the certificate in 9–12 months.


Course Units Fall Winter Spring Summer
1. Required Courses
Assessment, Evaluation and Placement 2.0
Culture and Cultural Diversity 4.0 Fall TBD
First and Second Language Development 3.0
Fundamentals of English Grammar for ESL Teachers 2.0
Language Structure 3.0 Fall TBD
Methodology of Bilingual and English Language Development 4.0 Spring TBD
2. Elective Courses
English As a Second Language Through Music and Movement 2.0
Instructional Design and Delivery, Introduction 1.0 Fall TBD Winter TBD
Teaching Beginning ESL Students: Principles and Practices 1.5
Teaching Grammar, Level II 2.0
Teaching Writing 2.0 + +
3. Capstone Course
TESOL Practicum 5.0 Fall TBD Spring TBD
4. Required Certificate Review
TESOL Certificate Completion Fee None

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Professional Development

Transfer Your TESOL Certificate Units to a Master's Program

Notre Dame de Namur University Master's Degree in TESOL

Completion of the UCSC Silicon Valley Extension TESOL program counts towards one year toward the Master of Arts TESOL program at Notre Dame de Namur University. The NDNU TESOL Master's program is fully online. UCSC Extension students with a TESOL certificate would have to take five courses (15 units) to complete the Master of Arts.

University of San Francisco Master's Degree in TESOL

Completion of the UCSC Silicon Valley Extension TESOL program counts towards one year of the Master of Arts TESOL program at University of San Francisco.

Hawai‘i Pacific University Master's Degree in TESOL

Completion of the UCSC Silicon Valley Extension TESOL program counts towards one year (15 semester credits) of the Master of Arts TESOL Program at Hawai‘i Pacific University, subject to approval by HPU TESOL’s faculty. Transfer students from UCSC Silicon Valley Extension TESOL Certificate program will be required to complete the remaining 21 semester credits (7 courses) and capstone components of the HPU TESOL degree.

Requisite Knowledge

Please review the course descriptions to ensure that you have taken necessary prerequisites or meet the requirements through job experience or previous education.

Declaring Candidacy

You can enroll in a certificate program any time during your studies.

Once you create your student account, you can enroll in a certificate program. Although you can enroll in a program at any time, the benefit of enrolling early is that it locks in your certificate requirements. This means that even if program requirements change, the requirements to complete your certificate will remain the same for you.

  • You must enroll in the certificate program before enrolling in the Certificate Completion Review.

You have a total of five years to complete all necessary courses in a certificate program.

All the necessary units in a certificate must be completed within a five-year window. The clock begins on the first day of your first course in the certificate program. For example, if you started a course on Sept. 5, 2017, you would have to complete all of the required units in this certificate by Sept. 4, 2022.

  • Enrolling in a certificate program does not trigger the beginning of the five-year window. It begins the first day of the first course that applies to a certificate program.
  • The Certificate Completion Review process does not have to occur within the five-year timeframe.

Grade Requirements

Please note that only letter grades of C- or higher may be applied to a certificate, and in some programs, students may have more stringent requirements. Students in most employer- and government-sponsored payment programs, such as workforce development, as well as international students on F-1 visas, need to maintain a B average to meet their requirements. Personal Financial Planning students have additional grade requirements for individual courses to attain a certificate.

See Grading and Credits Policy for further information.