Course Overview

TESOL Certificate Program in Seattle WA

Earn your Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Certificate and gain the necessary skills to teach English to speakers of other languages abroad. Native speaking English teachers with TESOL certificates are in demand, especially in countries such as China and Korea. Begin an exciting career teaching English abroad!

Our well-designed curriculum is taught by experienced and highly qualified faculty. This 120-hour non-credit certificate program consists of two courses that build upon each other:

Students begin with TESOL Basics and then take TESOL Grammar upon successfully completing the Basics course.

This program introduces major approaches and effective methods in the second language acquisition field. In addition to four hours of classroom observation as part of the regular class sessions, students must also complete a six-hour classroom observation/practicum working with ESL/ELL students on their own. Please note that this certificate is not an equivalent to an ELL endorsement or certificate to teach in WA state schools.

Course topics include:

  • Understanding learner factors, motivation, styles, and backgrounds
  • Cross-cultural awareness
  • Classroom Management: Including teaching across age groups as well as teaching in a multi-level classroom
  • Class observations and practicum: co-teach or assist in an ESL class
  • Effective teaching methods
  • Technology in the classroom
  • Assessment and testing
  • Different ways of developing a lesson plan
  • Interactive projects, videos, and guest speakers

Please see the Textbooks and Supplies page on this website to find out about required and suggested materials for you to bring this class.

Learning Outcomes

By the completion of this course, you will have:

  • gained an understanding of principles of effective communicative language teaching
  • developed an understanding of different learner factors and learning styles and implications for selection of teaching methods
  • improved your understanding of the role of grammar in second language instruction
  • reflected on and practiced the role of the teacher in the language classroom
  • developed and investigated strategies and activities for teaching in a four-skills ESL/EFL course
  • gained hands-on experience in different teaching methods to facilitate learners’ language skills
  • utilized opportunities to gain practical experiences and cultural awareness in language teaching through classroom observations and demonstrations
  • practiced preparing, presenting and critiquing lesson plans
  • examined factors involved in the selection of appropriate instructional materials
  • gained the ability to explain, present, and provide examples of various grammar points
  • demonstrated an ability to recognize and identify grammatical errors, and know how to fix them
  • created a bibliography of credible grammar sources
  • demonstrated an ability to talk about, work with, and teach grammar structures
  • created several worksheets and two lesson plans to be used in future ESL classes
  • become aware of the role that a TESOL certificate plays in employment in the field of teaching English to non-native speakers  

Who Should Take this Class?

  • Native speakers of English who want to work internationally teaching English
  • International students who are studying in the U.S. and want to teach English overseas
  • Current tutors and teachers of English language learners at tutoring centers and nonprofit agencies who would like to gain comprehensive skills and become certified


  • BA/BS degree from English speaking country
  • Non-native speakers must score 92 on the TOEFL iBT or a 580 on the TOEFL pBT(paper-based)

Application Process

Note: Please submit your application by September 13th, 2020, in order to be considered for admission into the fall quarter TESOL Basics course. 

  1. Complete this TESOL Writing Assessment form.
  2. Submit an unofficial transcript that documents your completion of a BA/BS degree. For non-native English speakers, you must also submit one of the following:
    - COMPASS score
    - TOEFL score
  3. Please send them to us via email and use TESOL Application as subject line of your email.
  4. Once both the writing assessment, unofficial transcript and test scores (if necessary) have been submitted, you will be contacted to schedule a phone interview.
  5. After the phone interview, you will be informed of your acceptance into the program, and may register any time after you are officially accepted.
  6. Please note that you must pay for the course in full at the time of registration.