Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

The TESOL program is grounded in a commitment to develop teacher leaders with expertise in language education theory and practice. Students in the TESOL program become advocates for students and their communities, learning to draw on the linguistic, cultural, and social assets that English learners (ELs) bring to school. Based in Washington DC, the TESOL programs enable students to engage with faculty and peers in meaningful dialogue about critical issues facing language learners today. Field experiences integrated in coursework provide students with a breadth of knowledge about the expectations and school realities for ELs in U.S. schools.

Possible career directions include teaching and leadership positions in:

  • Public, charter, or independent elementary or secondary schools
  • Private language schools
  • Community volunteer language programs
  • International English language programs
  • International exchange programs (e.g., Fulbright English Teaching Assistants, Peace Corps)
Masters (K-12 Teacher Licensure)

Students are eligible for initial teacher licensure in ESL (K-12) as part of the Secondary Education M.Ed. program. The Master of Education (M.Ed.) program prepares educators to work with K-12 English learners (ELs) from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds. Graduates from the program will be able to respond to the growing demand of schools for teachers with expertise in teaching ESL.

Core Courses (all concentrations)
CPED 6340Teacher Leadership in Education
CPED 6507Instructional Models and Classroom Management
CPED 6532Professional Internship in Middle School Education
CPED 6534Professional Internship in Secondary Education
CPED 6606Theories of Learning and Development
CPED 6608Development and Diversity
EDUC 6112Foundations of Assessment, Testing, and Measurement in Education

English as a Second Language Concentration
CPED 6176Academic and Psychosocial Assessment of the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Student
CPED 6551Second Language Instruction
CPED 6556Linguistic Applications in English as a Second Language
CPED 6557Second Language Acquisition
CPED 6627 Teaching Second Language Reading and Writing
Master of Education comprehensive exam required
Completion of the relevant teacher licensure assessments (i.e., PRAXIS) required by the District of Columbia Educator Licensure Services Office

TESOL Graduate Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) prepares educators to work with English learners in both U.S. and international contexts. Coursework provides students with knowledge of applied linguistics, language acquisition theories, and methods of teaching. Students have opportunities to apply foundational concepts in TESOL through critical discussions about issues facing English learners in today’s classrooms and direct experiences in classrooms in and around the nation’s capital.

The Graduate Certificate in TESOL consists of four 3-credit courses, for a total of 12 credits. Coursework is a mix of online and in-person courses.

Core Courses
CPED 6551 Second Language Instruction
CPED 6557 Second Language Acquisition
CPED 6627 Teaching Second Language Reading and Writing
CPED 6556 Linguistic Applications in English as a Second Language

The TESOL Graduate Certificate is also offered online for teachers, specialists, and administrators who work with English learners (ELs). The Certificate provides educators with the knowledge and skills needed to serve linguistically diverse students, with a focus on ensuring ELs succeed in the general education classroom. Participating teachers apply foundational concepts in TESOL through reflection on their practice and critical discussions about linguistic, cultural, and political issues facing ELs in today's classrooms. Assignments and online activities are designed to complement and enhance teachers' day-to-day practice in the school.

Tuition assistance may be available for educators working in Virginia public schools. Contact Dr. Lottie Baker or Dr. Patricia DiCerbo for more information.

Dual Degree

Masters & Graduate Certificate

Students who have some background in education but would like advanced specialized study may also pursue a Masters and Certificate Dual Enrollment option. Students enrolled in the Curriculum and Instruction Masters program (Elementary or Secondary concentrations) or the International Education Masters program may do so concurrently with the Graduate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Courses can be applied toward earning the Masters degree and certificate.

Transformation Begins Here

Learn more about the Master's in TESOL (K-12) program located on campus (202-994-8411).