|General Information||Why Should I Choose S-TESL?|
|What is the difference between S-TESL and other certificate programs?||How does S-TESL prepare you for actual teaching?|
|What method do you learn to teach?||Micro Teaching in the Classroom|
Seattle Pacific University and the School of Teaching ESL have created a cooperative agreement that gives students several choices regarding professional development in teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL).
Typically, those who seek certification or a graduate degree are seeking opportunities to teach English in the following situations:
The School of Teaching ESL offers a 12 and 24 credit post-baccalaureate certificate in TESOL, WA State ELL and Bilingual Endorsements for public school teachers, and MA credit options.
Not sure about TESOL training?
Is TESOL training right for you?
If you are considering teaching English as a career, it’s important to think about your past work and education experiences, your own personality, and your future goals. If you have not taught previously, what about your past indicates that it might be a good fit for your interests and strengths? What is your motivation for teaching?
Common characteristics of successful language teachers include…
See the School of STESL Student Code of Conduct for a description of other attributes that are pertinent to education professionals.
Confused about TESOL training options?
Looking around the internet can be overwhelming when you are trying to find options for TESOL training. It’s important to understand that there are no international standards. Certificates vary widely. Therefore, it is important that you choose a program that will help you be adequately prepared and that will help you meet your goals.
What about job opportunities?
Overseas opportunities remain very strong. About 50% of our graduates go overseas within 3-6 months of completion of the program. Others work locally in adult or K-12 education. The Puget Sound area is a highly competitive job market. Qualifications vary depending on the institutional setting and may require a Master’s degree. If you wish to work locally, it is important to have realistic expectations for income. Jobs are often the result of having started as a volunteer, so we strongly encourage students to get classroom experience in conjunction with their studies.
How can I find out more?
Affiliation with a respected university
There are many good, practical courses leading to a certificate in teaching English. Ours earns post-bachelor's credit from Seattle Pacific University, which many students find advantageous. The certificates are issued by Seattle Pacific University.
Through affiliation with Seattle Pacific University the School of Teaching ESL is accredited by the Northwest Association for Colleges and Universities, a regional accreditaiton association. Regional accreditation is considered the gold standard for higher education in the United States.
With pre-planning, credits earned at S-TESL can apply to a future master's degree in TESOL, thus saving both time and money. More than 3,500 certificates have been awarded since 1985, so most local administrators, and many overseas administrators, are familiar and pleased with the training their teachers received from S-TESL.
120 hours of quality TESOL education
In general, overseas employers require a BA + a certificate that reflects at least 100 hours of instruction. Our 12 credit certificate reflects 120 hours of instruction.
A Tesol certificate recognized and Used worldwide
We have tracked our students to over 55 different countries to teach English. The exit interviews, on file in our Employment Resource Area, and letters from grads, also on file there, are proof that students were pleased with their education at S-TESL.
Read "Why this program is so good"
Each certification program has a different emphasis and its own unique qualities. While the RSA/Cambridge/CELTA certification programs have more name recognition around the world, the School of Teaching ESL has the credibility of being affiliated with and monitored by an excellent university. People have praised the education they received at the School of Teaching ESL - on the last day of class, and years later from the field. (See Feedback from Graduates.) The School of Teaching ESL emphasizes decision-making, and the knowledge you need to make the many decisions you will be required to make in your teaching career. A well-seasoned instructional staff helps to prepare you for your next step in TESOL. The 5000-level education credits from Seattle Pacific University and the Certificate in TESOL awarded by Seattle Pacific University will always be of value on your resume.
A discussion on S-TESL's internet discussion list about preparation and subsequent teaching experiences elicited this comment from a grad:
"Actually, having taught in China with folks who had ESL certs from England, Canada, Australia, & NZ, as well as other places in the US, plus a few with Master's degrees in TESOL, I'll put S-TESL up against any one of them for all-around prep." ~ Leslie
All classes are based on Facilitative Language Teaching, which recognizes the needs for both fluency and accuracy in a second language. Classes establish general guidelines; members apply these guidelines to specific teaching situations. Classes are task-based and project oriented. We believe people learn by doing. We want to teach you the way that we recommend you teach others.
What is micro-teaching?
"Micro teaching is organized practice teaching. The goal is to give instructors confidence, support, and feedback by letting them try out among friends and colleagues a short slice of what they plan to do with their students. Ideally, micro teaching sessions take place before the first day of class, and are videotaped for review individually with an experienced teaching consultant. Micro teaching is a quick, efficient, proven, and fun way to help teachers get off to a strong start." ~ Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, Harvard University
What is the rationale for micro-teaching before teaching in an ESOL class?