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

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The world is your classroom!

 Fall 2024 registration is open!

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NC State’s Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Certificate program is made up of three components — online courses, Saturday workshops, and an internship — that complement each other to give students in-depth training and teaching experience to fit a variety of schedules and lifestyles.

  • Limited enrollment for individualized instruction.
  • Experienced instructors with expertise in their content area.
  • Online coursework to accommodate work and school schedules.
  • Saturday practice sessions to solidify online content.
  • A 30-hour internship at a variety of English as a Second Language (ESL) teaching locations.

This certificate is perfect for anyone interested in teaching English overseas, instructors who wish to develop skills in working with English learners, those interested in teaching at the community college level, or anyone looking to teach English in immigrant communities.


“This is a fantastic, comprehensive program that combines theory and practical application of the critical areas required to teach English to non-native speakers. Each instructor was an expert in their field and cared about our learning.” 

  • Jill Lamb, Adjunct Instructor in the Center for Global Learning at Durham Technical Community College
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  • Context and Culture in English Language Teaching
  • English Linguistics
  • American English Pronunciation
  • Modern English Grammar
  • Teaching Reading, Writing, and Vocabulary
  • Methods of Teaching ESL 
  • Language Learning Strategies and Curriculum

Saturday Workshops

  • Held five times during the semester at D.H. Hill Jr. Library.
    • Aug. 17, 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. 
    • Sept. 21, 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. 
    • Oct. 19, 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. 
    • Nov. 16, 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. 
    • Dec. 7, 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. 
  • The Saturday face-to-face workshops with the instructors are required. Applicants should make sure they can attend these Saturday sessions before enrolling into the program.


  • The 30-hour internship consists of 20 hours of observing and 10 hours of teaching to give you a chance to sit among ESL learners at all levels and then practice the strategies you’ve learned. 
  • Students will be placed in one or two ESL classrooms based on their availability and location.

Flexibly Designed to Fit Your Schedule


The TESOL Certificate program is 135 total hours — 52.5 are in-class hours (the Saturday workshops and the internship) and 82.5 are online.


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