Jul 13, 2024  
2024-25 Western Washington University Catalog 
2024-25 Western Washington University Catalog

TESOL: Supporting English Language Learners Certificate

Location(s): WWU - Distance Learning

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Global Studies Program, University Interdisciplinary Programs

12-16 credits


The Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Certificate in Supporting English Language Learners provides students with an opportunity to develop an understanding of second language learning and English language teaching methodologies and strategies. The curriculum includes a seminar to explore professional opportunities in TESOL and an opportunity to engage in a community-based practice experience in a volunteer setting supporting English language learners.

Why Consider a TESOL Certificate?

Students interested in working with English language learners–ranging from youth to adult, can participate in this program to develop skills to support individuals–both domestically and internationally–in learning English. The community focus of this program engages students in thinking about TESOL as a way to outreach to diverse populations and to embed practical strategies for working with language learners into their selected program of study.

 Contact Information

TESOL Program

 Sample Careers

English Language Tutor | International English Language Schools | Community-Based Programs for Migrants

 Major/Career Resources


How to Declare (Admission and Declaration Process):

Review the following eligibility requirements and application process for currently enrolled Western students and for prospective students not yet formally admitted to the University.


  • Completion of at least 45 credits of college-level coursework with a preferred minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • Demonstrated completion of one of the following:
    • A college-level course in diversity or cultural studies.
    • A college-level course in a world language.
    • A college-level course in education.
    • Proficiency in a language other than English.
  • Non-native English speakers are required to have a TOEFL score of 550 or higher.

Students currently admitted/enrolled at Western

  • Submit the TESOL Program Application.
  • Once admitted to the TESOL program, you will be provided with registration information.

Prospective students not currently enrolled at Western

  • Submit WWU Admissions Application, transcripts, and fee.
  • Submit the TESOL Program Application.
  • Once formally admitted to Western and to the TESOL program, you will be provided with registration information.

Grade Requirements

A grade of C- or better is required for a student’s certificate courses, and supporting courses for certificates.


Professionalization and Practicum (4 credits)

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