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Teaching English as a Second Language Certificates

Offered at: Boulder

The Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) program provides high quality instruction through innovative teaching practices and experiential learning. It prepares teacher leaders to be knowledgeable, creative thinkers, and reflective decision makers.

 Certificates

Teaching ESL Abroad

16 credits
(2 semesters)

This certificate program prepares students to teach English to children and adults in countries around the world.

Teaching English as a Second Language Abroad certificate: See required courses by semester.

See certificate requirements.

See gainful employment information.

Teaching ESL K-12

16 credits
(2 semesters)

This certificate program prepares students to work as paraeducators or go on to earn licensure to teach in an elementary or high school classroom. This program also is appropriate for teachers with a bachelor degree who would like to improve their skills teaching English as a Second Language.

Teaching English as a Second Language K-12 certificate: See required courses by semester.

See certificate requirements.

See gainful employment information.

Internships

FRCC’s TESL program is very hands on and offers students the opportunity to practice in the field. Through TEL 188, the TESL practicum, students spend at least 50 hours in the classroom working with English language learners and being mentored by an ESL professional. Students work at organizations such as the Boulder Valley Family Literacy Program.

What You Will Learn

Upon completion of this program you will be able to:

  1. Analyze the major elements of language as a system, and articulate the relationships between the various elements (phonology, morphology, syntax, lexis).
  2. Use the knowledge and understanding of the elements of language system to explain language to non-native English speakers.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the intersection between culture, language, language learning and teaching. Apply theoretical knowledge of current language acquisition theories in second language learning contexts.
  4. Identify instructional strategies and teaching methods, curriculum frameworks and apply them to various language learning and teaching situations.
  5. Develop ESL curriculum plans for diverse groups, design and utilize assessment instruments.
  6. Complete a supervised practicum in which you plan lessons and teach English to an ESL class.
  7. Evaluate your own teaching with regard to outcomes 1-5 above.
  8. Effectively write and present for professional audiences.

Application Process

Students are strongly encouraged to contact the campus program director before enrolling to gain a clear understanding of the program and whether it meets their needs. Students must first complete an application. Students can attend an informational meeting (held once per semester). Contact Kathy Gamble for details.

Annual Salary

Jobs Entry Average Experienced
Teachers - Adult Literacy & Remedial Education $28,422
$43,674
$51,301

Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (2016)

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