Summer TESOL Certificate Program

Receive a TESOL Certificate and much more in four weeks.

Applications for the 2020 Summer TESOL Certificate Program will be accepted through rolling admission. Applications will be accepted beyond the April 10th deadline, as long as there is space available in the program.

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Obtaining your Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) isn’t just a great way to pursue an interest in helping adults acquire English language skills, it’s a passport to the world. Our Summer TESOL Certificate Program (formerly Diploma Program) offers intensive four-week coursework designed to prepare you for teaching English to non-native speakers abroad or in in the U.S.

The 120-hour program includes a 30-hour practicum with at least six hours teaching in a multilingual classroom. With the TESOL Certificate, you can earn four undergraduate credits and/or two courses of advanced standing toward your Saint Michael’s Master’s degree in Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages (MATESOL). The MATESOL degree is a higher level of knowledge and applied linguistic study that will enable you to teach English language classes within the public school system or achieve a higher level profession elsewhere.

This program is not a Vermont Licensure or ELL Endorsement program. Please see our MATESOL programs for more information about our licensure and endorsement programs.

Saint Michael’s College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

About the Summer TESOL Certificate Program

The Summer TESOL Certificate Program is a 120-hour program based on practical application. There are two main components: Practicum and Coursework.

1) Practicum

This comprises 30 hours of the 120-hour program. The practicum provides an opportunity for students to prepare for and practice teaching a real class with multicultural students. Students will explore lesson plan development, focusing on creating appropriate objectives and assessment of learning for specifically targeted classes of various ages and levels. By the end of the Practicum, students will have completed 8 hours of classroom experience and be able to develop effective lessons, feel comfortable and confident in front of a class, and teach successfully with appropriate instructional skills and behaviors. Topics include lesson and thematic unit planning, classroom management, teaching practice/peer teaching, and consultation/feedback after teaching.

2) Coursework

This comprises 90 hours of the 120-hour program.

Introduction to TESOL Methodology – Presents the current approaches and methods used by teachers in the ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) classroom. Teachers will learn the principles of language and learning behind each of the methods, as well as the role of the learner and teacher in each method. Each method will then be applied to specific materials that can be used in the classroom. Topics include language acquisition, language learning theories, learning styles, language teaching techniques, error correction, and English language testing. This component will also address possible careers in the TESOL field and how to search for TESOL jobs.

Teaching and Assessment of Integrated Skills – Presents a variety of techniques and strategies for teaching reading, writing, listening and speaking skills for ESOL. Participants are encouraged to examine options for presenting and practicing these skills as well as to design classroom activities that reinforce several skills at the same time. The component also provides an opportunity to develop an awareness of personal teaching styles, enabling participants to select activities that motivate both teacher and student. Topics include developing reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills; pronunciation; choosing and using resources; and assessing language using rubrics.

Basic Grammar for Teachers of English – Introduces the participants to English grammar for the field of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Participants will explore the grammar of the English language including analysis and usage of grammar, as well as specific challenges for learners of English. Participants will examine grammar points as both teachers and learners, and learn strategies and techniques for addressing grammar in the classroom. Topics include parts of speech, sentence structure, verb tenses, article usage, prepositions, and teaching grammar in the classroom.

Successful completion of the Summer TESOL Certificate program will grant 4 undergraduate credits to current Saint Michael’s College students and completion of a capstone paper will grant up to 6 credits of advanced standing toward Saint Michael’s MATESOL program. MATESOL applicants must have a bachelor’s degree and at least 3.0 GPA. Completion of the certificate program does not guarantee admittance into the MATESOL program.

Upon successful completion of the program, we want to see your success.

  • You will receive a formal letter reflecting your strengths in coursework and teaching, which serves as a reference letter for teaching applications.
  • Receive e-mails about job listings we post for positions available around the world.
  • Teach K-12 students in Northern China with our connections in Shandong Province.

Graduates are now working in Asia, Europe, and Latin America!

Please note, the Summer TESOL Certificate Program was previously named the Diploma Program. 

“To put it simply, I am currently living and teaching English in Wakayama, Japan because of the Diploma program. This program in a short span of a month has allotted me the opportunity to teach and travel just about anywhere in the world! Additionally, I completed it with the capstone, a very reasonable task, and received six standing credits towards my Master’s in TESOL. Because of St. Michael’s TESOL diploma program, I was fortunate enough to be able to explain to my recruiter that through my TESOL diploma course I had real classroom experience teaching students from Saudi Arabia, Colombia, Japan, Mexico, and Latvia. In my opinion, this is what truly separates Saint Michael’s Diploma program from that of other institutions or online programs.  I got real classroom experience with actual English language learners from all over the world that was supported by the instruction of two unbelievable teachers.”

Matt Scheffler, Diploma 2014

“The tools and confidence that I gained in the Diploma program prepared me well for the challenges of teaching students of all ages and abilities. The Diploma program at St. Mike’s was a jump-start for my career and exploration of the world.”

Annie Schneider, Diploma 2013 

“The TESOL program helped absolve my uncertainty [about my future career path], and it lead me to discover something that I am truly passionate about. I can genuinely say that this has been an enriching and life-changing experience for me. I would highly recommend the TESOL program to anyone looking to pursue careers in education and serving others.”

Katie Wry, Diploma 2013

“Seeking travel and adventure for retirement, I decided to enroll into the Diploma Program in 2013. This was the best thing I had done since my graduation with an M.B.A. fifteen years earlier. I especially enjoyed the daily interaction with classmates and active feedback from teachers, as well as the opportunity to teach international students. I commend St. Michael’s College for its depth and breadth, and recommend it to anyone seeking a unique and vibrant experience.”

Stephen Simkovits, Diploma 2013

“As a current English major at Grove City College with a passion for other cultures, I decided to take the Diploma Program in 2013 in order to gain the experience necessary to teach overseas! I thrived in the close community created by the professors and grew so much through the teaching experience in the Intensive English Program. I feel well equipped to teach ESL and would highly recommend this program to anyone interested in English and other cultures!”

Kelsa Battig, Diploma 2013

“. . . the Diploma Program seemed the perfect opportunity for me to learn more about teaching English to speakers of other languages and allowing me to get my feet wet in the field of TESOL before truly deciding if this was a career choice I wanted to pursue. The Diploma Program not only introduced me to the basics of teaching methodology, managing a classroom, and putting together a lesson plan, but also gave me the chance to execute these skills through practicum, where I was given the chance to actually teach English Language Learning classes . . . I highly recommend Saint Michael’s Diploma Program. You never know, like me, this could be just the push in the right direction that you need to get started.”

Lauren G., Diploma 2010; MATESOL 2013

What is TESOL?
TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) refers to the profession of teaching non-native English speakers of all ages in a wide range of settings. Outside of the U.S., these settings include schools, colleges, private or corporate language institutes, and non-profit organizations such as Peace Corps around the world. In the U.S., TESOL settings include community colleges, refugee and adult education centers, and elementary and secondary schools.

Where can I work with the Saint Michael’s TESOL Summer Certificate?
Demand for teachers with TESOL certification is high around the world. The Saint Michael’s TESOL Summer Certificate qualifies you for entry-level positions in many institutions and settings, teaching English to both children and adults. Program graduates have worked or are now working in Asia, Europe and Latin America (see Testimonials). Some organizations that have expressed interest in hiring our certificate graduates include AEON Corporation (Japan); People Recruit (Korea); Wall Street Institute (Turkey); TEFL Heaven (Thailand and China), and TEFL International (worldwide). We also offer job advice in finding and evaluating suitable positions.

In the U.S., the TESOL Summer Certificate qualifies you primarily for entry-level positions teaching in community colleges, adult education centers, and some private schools. It does not provide state-approved teacher licensure or certification for public schools; however, several licensed and experienced teachers have taken the Certificate program to update and enhance their language-teaching skills and techniques, thus improving their employment prospects.

Where will I practice teaching in the Summer Certificate Program?
During the practicum, you will observe and teach students in the Saint Michael’s College Intensive English Program (IEP). These students come from all around the world for special summer or long-term programs. The focus of the IEP is on academic English preparation. Instructors from the IEP serve as mentors for Certificate practicum students in their classrooms.

Who are the Summer Certificate instructors and mentors?
There are two core TESOL Certificate instructors and many practicum mentors, all with M.A. degrees in TESOL. Together, the instructors and mentors represent a wide range of language teaching experience and teacher preparation both in the U.S. and abroad.

Applications for the 2020 Summer TESOL Certificate Program will be accepted through rolling admission. Applications will be accepted beyond the April 10th deadline, as long as there is space                               available in the program.

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