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If you are interested in Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) or Foreign Language (EFL), you are not alone! The market for learners and teachers of English is booming.
If you want to teach at a community college or a university, you will benefit from specialized training in ESL instruction. Most countries where EFL/ESL is taught require a TEFL/TESOL certification and many are looking for a certification that includes a minimum of 20 hours of in-class practice.
The UNT TESOL Graduate Academic Certificate responds to the rapidly expanding English language market by providing a fully-online four course sequence. This teacher training focuses on new methods, techniques, and activities to optimize student learning resulting in higher retention rates for their programs and schools. A leveling course is required for students with no linguistics background.
Here are a few testimonials from individuals who completed this certificate program:
"I earned my Graduate Certificate in TESOL while I completed my MA in Linguistics at UNT. I credit the TESOL certificate specifically with my receiving full funding for my PhD and for my subsequent experience teaching English during graduate school. Had I not done the graduate certificate, I never would have discovered my love of English language teaching! Now, I teach international graduate students at Stanford University in addition to teaching private clients both here in the US and abroad."
"The education I received as a student in UNT's ESL graduate certificate program provided the foundation I needed to go on to successfully complete a PhD in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching while teaching academic ESL at the university level. Now, I serve as the Associate Director of Language Programs at Rice University in the Glasscock School of Continuing Studies where I work as part of the administrative team helping to oversee 4 ESL programs and the foreign language program."
"I started my TESOL career at UNT and have been teaching college ESOL classes as a full time instructor for several years; in the last few I was made program coordinator. It’s a wonderful program balanced real world pedagogy with a strong theoretical foundation. If you want to help students from around the world achieve their goals, I can’t think of a better place to start."
"One of the best decisions I made during my graduate studies in Linguistics at UNT was getting my TESOL certification. Since I graduated, I have taught and designed programs for ESL institutions in South Korea, Mexico, and the U.S., and currently serve as Director of Language Programs at LanGo Institute."
There is demonstrated demand for English Language Teachers in the United States and Worldwide: