Certificates in TESOL

The UNDERGRADUATE TEACHING ENGLISH TO SPEAKERS OF OTHER LANGUAGES (TESOL) CERTIFICATE consists of  24 undergraduate credits and the GRADUATE TEACHING ENGLISH TO SPEAKERS OF OTHER LANGUAGES (TESOL) CERTIFICATE consists of 18 graduate credits. Both programs are designed with courses in three areas: linguistic theory, pedagogy (teaching methods), and practicum.  With this balanced curriculum, students can prepare themselves for ESL/EFL teaching in the United States or overseas. 

 

Consider taking the Undergraduate TESOL Certificate if you are:

  • undergraduates who seek preparation in the field of language teaching before they graduate
  • college graduates who wish to enter the field of TESOL but do not wish to get a second bachelor’s degree or immediately go on to the graduate level
  • study-abroad students who are at HPU for one year
  • in-service classroom teachers who want a refresher course to upgrade their skills or background knowledge in this field.

 

Consider taking the Graduate TESOL Certificate if you are:

  • college graduates who wish to enter the field of TESOL at the graduate level but do not wish to obtain a master’s degree
  • graduate students with a master’s degree in another field and wish to expand their career options to include language teaching
  • in-service teachers who wish to further their professional development
  • exchange students from partner schools with HPU

Student Experience

 

With an UNDERGRADUATE TEACHING ENGLISH TO SPEAKERS OF OTHER LANGUAGES (TESOL) CERTIFICATE, students who are earning or have completed a bachelor’s degree can obtain knowledge and skills to teach English in the United States or abroad. The TESOL Undergraduate Certificate is an excellent combination with degrees in Anthropology, Communication, English, Education, International Studies, Tourism and Hospitality, and others.

The undergraduate certificate program may also be used as preparation for graduate work in TESOL, language education, or linguistics.

The TESOL Undergraduate Certificate is awarded upon completion of at least 24 undergraduate credit hours of specified courses. For those who have finished an undergraduate degree, the work can be accomplished in no less than two full semesters or can be spread over a longer period. For undergraduate students, the work is normally spread over more than two semesters. Students earning the BA in TESOL may not later take the TESOL Certificate since the certificate is built on a subset of the same courses; however, transferring from one plan to another is possible during the course of study.

With a GRADUATE TEACHING ENGLISH TO SPEAKERS OF OTHER LANGUAGES (TESOL) CERTIFICATE, students can gain graduate-level training to prepare themselves for ESOL teaching in the United States or overseas.

 An advantage of the Graduate Certificate in TESOL is flexibility:

  • Students can select graduate courses (for 18 graduate credits) in linguistic theory, pedagogy (teaching methods), and practicum that suit their needs, interests, and goals.
  • The Graduate Certificate in TESOL can be completed in a shorter amount of time compared to the MA TESOL Degree.
  • A full-time student can finish the program in an academic year or one academic year plus a summer session. Part-time students can move through the program at their own pace.
  • Finally, Graduate Certificate students may opt to switch to the MA TESOL Program during the course of study to gain further training and credentials.

 TESOL Graduate Certificate students take courses in the MA TESOL Program and have the opportunities to interact with a diverse student body from Hawaii, mainland US, and other countries. They are taught by faculty who are excellent mentors and experienced educators. In addition to teaching English and other languages at all educational levels in K-12 schools, public and private schools, and in various universities and corporations, MA TESOL faculty have taught English to speakers of other languages in China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Russia, Romania, and Guatemala, as well as on the U.S. mainland.

Students who complete the Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages will be prepared to demonstrate A. S. K.:

ATTITUDES of a professional: They are collegial toward their peers and thoughtfully reflective about their teaching practices. They display personal, professional, and cultural sensitivity toward their students.

SKILLS of an effective language teacher: They possess proficient spoken and written English skills. They can, at a basic level, evaluate ESL or EFL texts, prepare and teach lessons, apply general principles in assessment and feedback, and respond to student needs in a given class

KNOWLEDGE of the English language, language learning processes, and pedagogical principles: They can base their teaching on knowledge of the English language; the stages of second language learning; and communicative language teaching methods.

Students who complete the Graduate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages will be prepared to demonstrate A. S. K.:
 

ATTITUDES of a professional. Towards colleagues and students, Graduate TESOL Certificate holders will demonstrate teamwork and sensitivity. Towards the discipline, Graduate TESOL Certificate holders will demonstrate a spirit of inquiry and reflection. Towards the global community, Graduate TESOL Certificate holders will demonstrate cultural sensitivity and global citizenship.

SKILLS at a proficient level in spoken and written communication, in information literacy, in academic or pedagogic research, and in teaching including materials development, lesson planning, or assessment.

KNOWLEDGE at a proficient level of the major subfields of linguistics, the theories of second language acquisition, and the principles of language teaching methods.

Undergraduate Certificate

Factors to Consider

Graduate TESOL Certificate (GTC)

AL 2000 Introduction to Linguistics or equivalent taken at another university

Pre-requisite

AL 2000 Introduction to Linguistics or equivalent taken at another university.

3000 and 4000-level, a subset of courses taken by BA TESOL majors

Course level and degree of rigor

6000-level, a subset of courses taken by MA TESOL candidates

Applied linguistics, language teaching methods, and classroom-based practicum

Course content

Applied linguistics, language teaching methods, and classroom-based practicum

Required language classroom experience and student teaching

Practicum experiences

Required language classroom experience; student teaching optional

Access to all TESOL program events, professional development activities, and faculty advising

Additional benefits

Access to all TESOL program events, professional development activities, and faculty advising

If desired, student can switch from GTC to MA degree

Undergraduate tuition rate

Cost

Graduate tuition rate

One academic year (fall + spring) as a full-time student (may also be completed part-time over a long period)

Time needed to complete

One academic year (fall + spring) as a full-time student (may also be completed part-time over a longer period)

Undergraduate students or recent graduates adding value to a BA degree

Volunteer, mid-career, or In-service teachers desiring background in working with English language learners

Typical student

Students who need or desire graduate-level work for personal or professional reasons

Individuals wishing to apply to either the Graduate or Undergraduate TESOL certificate degree program at HPU are required to submit the following:

  • Application
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • $55 Application Fee 
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Transcripts

Recent CERT TESOL graduates enjoy rewarding careers around the world, including:

  • Public Schools, Japan

  • Language Centers, USA
  • And more.....

Success comes naturally to HPU CERT TESOL alumni, including:

  • Noriko Ishitobi, public school teacher, Nagoya, Japan
  • James Breitweiser, freelance writing consultant, Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Naoki Sugimori, university lecturer, Japan
  • Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi, editor and writer, Honolulu, Hawaii