Program Overview

The TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) program at Western Washington University intends to prepare students to teach English to non-native speakers, a career becoming more and more in demand. English has become the international communication language, and in our increasingly global society many people find themselves needing to learn it. The online format allows for students to work at their own pace, though courses can also be taken on campus. There are also two chances for extra intensive courses during the summer, allowing students the opportunity to earn their degree at a faster pace.

Students will learn about in linguistics, grammar, methodology, and second language acquisition skills. There is also a mentoring teaching practicum which aims to give students the chance to practice their skills with real people; this can be completed locally or abroad. There are also two elective courses students have the option of taking which focus on Spanish. Students who complete this program should be able to teach English to a variety of international youth and adults, work with non-English speaking immigrants, and teach visiting international students intensive programs to develop their English. The program teaches students to work in an environment that is diverse culturally and linguistically as they provide a vital service to many different people. 

Students must have had previous study or experience of another culture (either through travel or approved coursework) as well as one year of college-level study of a foreign language to graduate from this program. Graduates of the field should be able to teach English both domestically and internationally, and employment opportunities are often found is places such as language schools, public and private sectors, community language courses for recent immigrants, and ESL classes at community colleges.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

    School Overview

    Founded in 1893, Western Washington University is a public, four-year institution of higher education, located on a 215-acre urban campus in the city of Bellingham, Washington. WWU has received national recognition, including being awarded the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction, and receiving Community Engagement classification by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The following is the mission statement of Western Washington University: "Western Washington University serves the people of the State of Washington, the nation and the world by bringing together individuals of diverse backgrounds and perspectives in an inclusive, student-centered university that develops the potential of learners and the well-being of communities."

    WWU houses a full range of academic programs within the following colleges and schools:

    • College of Business and Economics
    • College Of Fine and Performing Arts
    • College of Humanities and Social Sciences
    • College of Science and Engineering
    • Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies
    • Graduate School
    • Huxley College of the Environment
    • Woodring College of Education

    WesternOnline, an Extended Education division of WWU, provides degree and certificate programs, term-based coursework that functions like traditional counterparts, self-paced and independent learning options. Programs feature term-based instruction, which may be synchronous or asynchronous, and WWU follows a quarterly calendar.


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