Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Certificate Program

Official Program Description

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North Carolina State University's TESOL Certificate Program is designed for individuals who want to teach English abroad or in their local community. The program covers ten areas important to ESL instructors, such as learning in different cultural contexts, implementing effective classroom strategies, and developing ESL curricula. Each course is taught by an experienced ESL instructor. Learn more about our instructors.

The program is presented in a hybrid format comprised of the following components:

  1. You will have Internet access to videos covering the content of each course. For a copy of the individual course titles and descriptions, please click here.
  2. Program orientation will be held on Saturday, August 15th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. On-campus review sessions will be held from 9:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m. on the following Saturdays: September 19th, October 31st, and November 14th. These meetings will help solidify your knowledge of material covered by online instruction. A final Saturday session will be held on December 5th from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. You must attend each session to successfully complete the program.
  3. An internship will be completed at the end of your coursework. The internship consists of 20 observation hours and 10 direct instruction hours starting on Monday, November 16th and ending on Friday, December 4th, 2015. For students who are available for daytime placements, the NC State ESL Program may serve as the venue for the internship. For those who are available only in the evenings or Saturdays, placements will be made at community sites. If you reside outside of the Raleigh area, you may locate an ESL venue convenient to your residence and make arrangements for your internship without our assistance; however, you will need to have prior approval by the Director of ESL at NC State before you can begin.

For a complete schedule of 2015 TESOL sections, please click here.

Please Note: The Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Program is not a North Carolina ESL K-12 Teacher Licensure Program. Information about the NC State ESL Licensure Program can be found here.


All applicants must have a bachelor's degree or currently be working on completing a bachelor's degree.

Non-native speakers of English must achieve a score of 100 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT). In addition, non-native speakers of English must show proof of at least a 28 on the Speaking section of the iBT or at least an 8 on the speaking part of IELTS.

Non-native speakers of English must provide a current (i.e., within the last three years) TOEFL score of at least 100 with a minimum of 28 on the Speaking section of the TOEFL.

Non-native speakers of English who have lived in the US since the age of 8 and demonstrate native-like proficiency in all four skills may petition to have the TOEFL score requirement waived.

*No refunds after August 21st, 2015. Cancellations made after August 11th will be subject to a $50 fee.*

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