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Teaching ESL – TESOL Certificate

Teaching ESL – TESOL Certificate

Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas

Approved for Veterans Benefits

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 US 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. A Certificate of Completion is offered at the end of the program. Completion of this certificate program normally takes one-to-two semesters.

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.

Req. Textbook: Teaching Adult ESL, by Betsy Parrish


  • 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 (equivalent to English 111) or TOEFL Score of 95+ points in the IBT
  • Prior ESL teaching experience is not required.

Required Workshops:

  • Introduction to TESOL
  • ELT Methodology
  • Assessing English Proficiency
  • Lesson Planning
  • Teaching Speaking & Listening
  • Teaching Reading & Writing
  • Teaching Grammar
  • Classroom Management
  • TESOL Practicum (2 days)
  • TESOL Review

Call 703-845-6227 or e-mail tesol@nvcc.edu for information.

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