Official Certificate Program


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CCSU’s Official Certificate Program in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) is a non-degree program. It provides teaching professionals with professional development and the opportunity to accrue credits toward a TESOL cross-endorsement for existing state teachers. Skills learned in the program may enable graduates to seek work opportunities abroad. Graduates must still seek an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) teaching certification from the state.

Program Features

  • Starts every January and August
  • 18-credit program  
  • Attend full- or part-time  
  • Classes offered evenings  
  • Some electives available online during summer sessions  
  • Flexible format allows students to complete program at their own pace  
  • Students choose electives relevant to their interests  
  • No GMAT/GRE required


Did You Know?

Courses completed in this certificate program can be applied toward CCSU’s MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).

What You'll Gain

  • Ability to analyze syntactic, morphological, and phonological aspects of language  
  • Understanding of the principles, methods, and materials for teaching English as an additional language at all levels of instruction  
  • Knowledge of linguistic principles, assessment strategies, and concepts of intercultural communication in a TESOL classroom  
  • Understanding of major language theories of language acquisition and their potential application to language learning with an emphasis on additional language acquisition in adolescence and adulthood  
  • Knowledge of the foundational theories of psychology, cognitive linguistics, and sociolinguistics that underlie second language instruction  
  • Ability to put into practical application the theories, methods, and materials for teaching English to non-native-speaking students