Those interested in teaching ESL or EFL
Georgetown's Teaching English as a Foreign Language Certificate is an entry-level credential for individuals interested in teaching English as a foreign or second language. The program is designed for all experience levels, and can be taken regardless of whether or not you have prior teaching experience. A hybrid program, the certificate courses take place online, with an additional in-person teaching practicum required for all students.
As part of the certificate curriculum, you will undertake student teaching after 10 hours of observations and lesson planning. You’ll also complete a culminating project, in which you’ll develop a substantial teaching portfolio that demonstrates the skills and knowledge you have acquired. Your portfolio will be based on the philosophy of teaching you develop throughout the semester, and will include items such as practical lesson plans, instructional materials, and reflections on your practicum teaching experience.
Teaching English as a Foreign Language at a Glance
Ideal for: Those interested in teaching ESL or EFLIdeal for
Duration: 15 weeks + practicumDuration
15 weeks + practicum
Visa Support: Yes. Spring practicum onlyVisa Support
Yes. Spring practicum only
Semester of Entry: Fall & springSemester of Entry
Fall & spring
- Teaching listening, speaking, reading, writing, vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation
- Using a communicative, student-centered approach to teaching
- Planning lessons with clear goals and varied activities
- Effectively using textbooks, media, technology, and other authentic materials and tools
- Combining traditional and contemporary teaching skills and resources
- Assessing student achievement
- Developing strong foundations in Second Language Acquisition theory and best practices
Important notice: The Teaching English as a Foreign Language Certificate is not a teaching credential for public K–12 schools. While the program develops student-centered skills and methodologies that are applicable in all classrooms, the requirements for becoming a public school teacher vary by state and school district.