Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Explore a World of Possibilities

Since 1992, Western Washington University’s TESOL program has prepared future educators to teach English - the language of world communication - in our increasingly globalized world. We strive to provide the interdisciplinary knowledge and hands-on experience you need in order to be successful teaching English to speakers of other languages.

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TESOL prepares you to:

  • Teach English internationally to adults and youth
  • Work in programs for non-English speaking immigrants
  • Instruct visiting international students in intensive English programs
  • Provide much needed community service during a second career
  • Thrive in settings that are culturally and linguistically diverse
  • Complete your Bachelor's with a minor in TESOL

*To obtain public school teaching licensure, or add an endorsement to an existing teaching certificate, contact Elementary Education at (360) 650-3336.

Designed with you in mind

A variety of program options provide you maximum flexibility to complete the TESOL Certificate.

  • Online – complete your certificate online at your own pace
  • Face-to-Face – learn at Western Washington University
  • Hybrid – a combination of online and face-to-face courses
  • Intensives – earn your certificate sooner with these course options:

Job outlook

There is a growing demand around the world for trained TESOL professionals. A certificate demonstrates evidence of in-depth training, opening doors to opportunities internationally and domestically. Employment is often found in public and private sectors, international language schools, community language settings for recent immigrants, and community college ESL classes.


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Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Certificate

Institutions are required to disclose certain information about students who enrolled in Federal Financial Aid Title IV eligible education programs that lead to gainful employment in a recognized occupation. Western Washington University certificate programs are subject to this disclosure and the required information is provided on this webpage.

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Certificate

WWU Office of Postsecondary Education ID: 003802
Dept. of Education Classification of Instructional Programs Code: 131401
Description: Tch Eng as Sec Lang/ESL Instructor
Level: Undergraduate
Related Occupations: 25-0000 Education, Training and Library Occupation
Total Costs - Tuition and Fees: $13,617
Total Costs - Books and Supplies: $1,700
Annual Room and Board for Students Living On Campus: 2011-2012 $8,700
Program Cost Information at WWU's website:Tuition and Fees
On-Time Graduation Rate: 66.20%
Percent of Students Completing Program with Debt: 45.07%
Median Federal Student Loan Debt of Student Completing Program: 0
Median Private Student Loan Debt of Student Completing Program: 0
Median Institutional Financing Plan Debt of Student Completing Program: 0
Program length (Months): 9
Normal Time to Complete (Months): 15
Students Completing Program*: 71
Students Completing Program in Normal Time*: 47

* Denotes data from July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013

** Federal regulations allow disclosure of this information only for programs with 10 or more students. Not Applicable indicates there were less than 10 students in this program.