The Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages graduate certificate equips you with the specialized skills and practical teaching experience to help students gain mastery of the language.
Whether you are exploring teaching non-native English speakers at home or internationally, our TESOL program enhances your intercultural competence, communication skills and adaptability, preparing you to teach in K-12 schools, colleges, government agencies and more. Earn the certificate alone, or pair it with another degree.
Choose from two tracks: EFL for post-secondary and overseas learners or K-12 ESOL for elementary and secondary learners.
Enjoy a close relationship with English Programs for Internationals at USC, one of the best programs of its kind in the nation.
Take your practical training in a setting on campus rather than searching for a practicum site off-campus.
Enjoy learning alongside a moderately sized, active and close community of fellow linguistics students.
What You’ll Study
Understand the general properties of speech and language, the organization of language in the brain and cross-linguistic typology and universals. Study the principles of teaching English as a second language, and apply those principles in a practicum setting. Students typically complete the program in one year and often pair it with an M.A. in Linguistics.
Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.
Learning about and respecting diverse cultures and beliefs
Developing the skills to communicate effectively and work collaboratively across cultures
Communicating and interacting effectively in a variety of social and professional situations
Understanding what others are saying to facilitate effective communication
Understanding cultural variation and adapting behaviors and communication styles accordingly
Foster learning by conveying knowledge, skills and concepts to students
Using your degree
Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.
- Language Teacher
- Language Instructor