NOVA's TESOL Certificate Program prepares you to teach English as a Second Language by combining language acquisition theory with guided teaching practice from experienced instructors with advanced degrees.
NOVA's TESOL Certificate Program (120 hours) includes:
- 102 hours of in-person teacher training in language acquisition methodologies, including student teaching demonstrations and a 2-day teaching practicum
- Ongoing feedback & evaluation on student-teaching demonstrations
- 18 hours of ESL classroom observation
- Job placement assistance
After completing this certificate, you are qualified to teach English as a Second Language to adults in an adult education setting, in a community-based program, or at a proprietary school in the U.S. or abroad. This program caters to individuals interested in a career change or seeking to refresh their skills.
Reminders: K-12 certification/licensure must be completed at a four-year institution. Higher education ESL requires a master's degree in addition to TESOL certification.
To earn NOVA's TESOL Certificate (120 hours), you must successfully complete the 10 required workshops and 6 elective workshops, plus 18 hours of documented ESL class observation. Individual workshops may be taken without pursuing the certificate program.
A Certificate of Completion is offered at the end of the program.
To receive the certificate, you must attend 90% of the class hours for each workshop as well as completing all requirements set by the instructor, including teaching demonstrations. WDD's general refund policy applies to all TESOL courses. For refunds, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Students can special order the textbook from any campus bookstore if they don't have it on the shelf. Please place your order in advance of the Intro to TESOL class to complete the required reading.
Required Textbook: Teaching Adult ESL, Betsy Parrish
Required Reading for TESOL Certificate Program
- High School completion
- Non-native English speakers must provide English proficiency results via one of these placement tests:
- Accuplacer Score of 300+ points and advanced writing/speaking skills
- TOEFL Score of 60+ points in the IBT
- ACLI Score at an intermediate level of written and spoken English, or equivalent.
- Prior ESL teaching experience is not required.
Required Workshops: (Complete all 10):
Introduction to TESOL
Assessing English Proficiency
Teaching Speaking & Listening
Teaching Reading and Writing
TESOL Practicum (2 days)
Elective Workshops: (Choose 6):
Culture as Class Content
Teaching Content ESL
Realia as Course Content
Teaching Entry-Level Students
Using Technology in ESL
Tutoring Adult ESL Students
To find out more about the TESOL Certificate Program, contact the American Culture & Language Institute Manassas at 703-257-6536 or email or contact Cynthia Hatch, Coordinator, TESOL Certificate Program at 703-530-3050 or email.
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Directions to TESOL Workshop Sites
Manassas Innovation Park (MIP)
Medical Education Campus (MEC)
Signal Hill (SH)
Alexandria Campus (AL)
Annandale Campus (AN)
TESOL Student Resources
Observation Recommendations for TESOL
TESOL Certificate Requirements Checklist
Application for TESOL Certificate Completion
FCPS Guidelines for Student-Teacher Observers
ACLI Class Observation Request Form