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TESOL Student Introduction

Thank you for considering our TESOL Certificate program to become a Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Language. English as a Second Language (better known as ESL) is a very large field with opportunities to teach all over the world and in your own community.

Kennesaw State University’s College of Continuing and Professional Education (CCPE) has an excellent reputation in the field for awarding certificates to qualified students. In order to maintain this reputation, our certificate requires a passing grade of 80% or higher. You also must meet classroom attendance standards of 80%.
When you enroll in our TESOL program, you receive 100 hours or more of instruction-lead learning toward a certificate. Our professional instructors have a minimum Masters level education in a related field, are TESOL Certified, and experienced in teaching ESL to adults. All students are encouraged and required to obtain field experience. We offer opportunities to experience additional learning through our onsite adult ESL classrooms. Students receive lesson preparation and practice presenting lessons for feedback. We maintain these and other standards to ensure our TESOL graduates are ready to begin working in the classroom.
Instructors will provide guidance on the opportunities that are available to you locally and abroad. Occasionally we are asked to recommend recent graduates to community and church programs. If you would like to be considered for this, please let our office know with an email to wcohen@kennesaw.edu.

Access to the internet and an email account are necessary for these classes. You will be required to create an account in Moodle, our Learning Management System, and to participate online in an interactive learning environment.

Students need to be prepared with the skills required for success in their TESOL course classrooms. These include:

1) A thorough understanding of the rules of grammar.

2) The ability to read, write, and report on research topics.
3) Good communication skills are needed in the presentation of lessons in various formats in the classroom, ie; slide presentations, public speaking, and leading cooperative learning.
Optional Pre-Test

You may wish to take the TESOL Grammar Assessment to gauge your knowledge of basic grammar. A score of 86 or better is one indicator of knowledge for success in the TESOL Certificate program. To begin, create an account in Moodle, by going to this link. Find the “Skills Assessment” under the Course categories on the left hand column (click on title), scroll down to “TESOLGRAMTEST Grammar Test for TESOL students” (click on title), follow directions as listed.


You may register online as soon as you are ready to enroll. Simply add the course to your cart, and you will receive instructions on how to complete the process. You can also register in person at KSU Center, 3333 Busbee Drive, Kennesaw, GA 30144 (next to BrandSmart), or by phone to 770-423-6765. HOURS: Mon-Thurs, 8 am-8 pm; Friday, 8 am-4:30 pm; Saturday, 8:30 am-11:30 am.

We have designed the program in such a way that you may pay as you go for each individual course, instead of the entire program at once.

Directions to KSU Center:


When do classes meet?

Courses are offered online, in the classroom six (6) Saturdays (usually consecutive weekends) and in hybrid format with weekday evenings and a portion online.

Hours: Saturdays during the day; Weekday Hybrid courses are offered two evenings a week. Online classes do not have set hours.
What are classes like?

Participation is usually a culturally diverse group of students that work side by side on projects and presentations. Activities vary throughout the day from lecture, to study groups, to active participation. A wide range of discussions often take place while exploring this field.


Books are available for purchase at the KSU Center Bookstore. We recommend you purchase your book after the registration deadline has occurred. KSU Center Bookstore hours: Mon-Thurs 4 pm-8 pm; Sat 8:30-11:30 am.

As of Q141 (July 2013) all textbooks will be available in e-book format, and possibly also printed format. We can provide online sources by title, publisher and ISBN number upon request.
Please check the specific course you are considering taking, to ensure you have the correct textbook. Book selections do change on occasion.

New Options in 2013
Beginning in January, we will offer a 4-course online certificate at 30 hours each, for a total of 120 hours.

Current classroom Certificate courses are 40 hours in the three core areas: Linguistics, Culture and Methods of Teaching. As of July 2013, we will be converting our classroom program to a 4-course certificate program that will be identical to the online program. Teaching Grammar, will be a new course addition.

For students that begin the classroom courses in January, a combination of classroom and online classes is possible, however, the total hours must be at least 100. The Teaching Grammar course is optional for you. Your certificate will require 100 or more hours and must include the three core areas of Linguistics, Culture and Methods. All new students as of July 1 will take the (4) courses required in any combination of online or classroom to earn the Certificate. 

If you would like more information or clarification, please feel free to contact our office by phone or email. We conduct a free, semi-annual Career Expo. If you would like to attend, a reservation is advised. Please call 770-423-6765.

TESOL Certificate from KSU's College of Continuing and Professional Education

When you successfully complete the TESOL Certificate program at the College of Continuing and Professional Education, you are eligible to teach English abroad and with organizations and some private schools in United States. Many organizations look for the TESOL Certificate to ensure qualified instructors for their programs. Abroad, it is widely recognized, particularly when your certificate comes from a U.S. university – and often earns you more.

Additionally, our certificate program may prepare students for future Endorsement. The learning outcomes, while not focused directly on K-12, do correlate closely with what is taught in other GaPSC-approved Endorsement programs. Some students who currently hold a clear renewable Georgia teaching certificate may choose to use what they have learned in the TESOL Certificate program from the College of Continuing and Professional Education, to pass the GACE testing to become certified with an ESOL Endorsement. This is one route to the Endorsement that our students have chosen in the past.
ESOL Options from KSU's Inclusive Education Department (Bagwell College of Education)

The ESOL Endorsement from the Bagwell College of Education on the main campus of Kennesaw State University is only for persons who already hold a clear renewable Georgia teaching certificate. This course is approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC). The endorsement makes you highly qualified to teach English learners in public and private elementary, middle and high schools.


If you have a bachelor's degree (in any field) and are interested in obtaining a clear renewable teaching certificate in TESOL, you may be interested in the MAT (Master's of Arts) TESOL program. More information can be found at https://education.kennesaw.edu/inclusiveed/content/endorsements

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