TESL Certificate


Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) will provide you with current skills and knowledge for being an excellent ESL teacher.  If you want to teach English abroad, this program will help open doors for you all over the world. Please see the objectives and courses below.

The Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language provides specialized training to students desiring to share their faith in closed door nations or in their homeland with the immigrant community in the context of TESL and to thus contribute to the building of the Body of Christ. This program combines a strong Bible and theological foundation with studies in education, anthropology, and cross-cultural communications. Graduates of this program will be prepared to serve as tent maker missionaries in closed door nations as well as TESL teachers as traditional missionaries in developing nations or among immigrant communities in North America, or to pursue graduate study in TESL .


1. Know, understand and use the major concepts, theories, and research related to nature and acquisition of language to construct learning environments that support ESOL students’ language and literacy development and content area achievement.

2. Know, understand and use the major concepts, principles, theories, and research related to the nature and role of culture and cultural groups to construct learning environments that support ESOL students’ cultural identities, language and literacy development, and content-area achievement.

3. Know, understand and use standards-based practices and strategies related to planning, implementing, and managing ESL and content instruction, including classroom organization, teaching strategies for developing and integrating language skills, and choosing and adapting classroom resources.

4. Understand issues of assessment and use standards-based assessment measures with ESOL students.

5. Demonstrate knowledge of the history of ESL teaching, keep current with new instructional techniques, research results, advances in the ESL field and public policy issues, use such information to reflect upon and improve his or her instructional practices, and provide support and advocate for ESOL students and their families and work collaboratively to improve the learning environment.

6. Integrate Bible and the teaching of spiritual truth into an ESL program.

7. Teach English, Bible, and the message of redemption in a skillful, caring and professional manner to speakers of other languages.


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TESL Courses:

Cultural Anthropology (3 cr. hours)

Structure of the English Language (3 cr.)

Theories of Second Language Acquisition (3)

College Level TESL (3)

Linguistics (3)

Methods of TESOL (3)

Language Program and Curriculum Design (3)

TESL Internship (3)–This course is 3 one credit sessions because students need more than 8 weeks to complete the required on-site hours.