Forms and FAQs
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Can I transfer credits from another program into this program?
Credits cannot be transferred into the 12 credit certificate program.
Can these credits be transferred to graduate programs other than Seattle Pacific University?
It is always up to the receiving institution to accept transfer credits. Protecting the credits as graduate status at Seattle Pacific University may be beneficial in petitioning to have credits transferred into another program.
What is your typical class size?
Classes range from a minimum of 3 students to a maximum of 20.
What is the difference between S-TESL and other certificate programs?
Each certification program has a different emphasis and its own unique qualities. 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
How does S-TESL prepare you for actual teaching?
Will I get to work with ESOL students?
Your tuition at S-TESL supports a community ESOL class for refugees, immigrants, and short-term visitors living in the school's neighborhood. Students in S-TESL's Intensive I classes are required to observe and participate in the ESOL class. Students in S-TESL's evening program sometimes work together with the ESOL class when schedules permit. The evening course Teaching English Pronunciation is designed to work with our ESOL class. These opportunities for interaction with ESOL students is quite often mentioned as the highlight of study at S-TESL. In addition, off-site observations of area ESOL classes are often a requirement in classes.
How many hours of practice teaching experience will I get in the program?
We don't think the best way to prepare teachers is to put them with ESOL students for several hours from the first day of training instead of preparing them well for their future teaching experiences. See the following question for details.
Isn't the quality of a training program related to the number of hours you spend in front of an ESOL class?
While there are effective tips and techniques for language teaching, no one can tell you "how to teach". There are just too many variables.
Here are some surprising situations you may find yourself in:
For these reasons, we at S-TESL try to prepare for the many different situations you may face in your career. You will need to make instantaneous decisions when in front of a class of students.
Effective decision-making is probably the most important thing you will do as a teacher, and preparation for this comes before you enter the classroom. It is estimated the 99% of what makes a person a good teacher happens before the teacher enters the classroom. It's that 99% that gets the teacher and the students through the class happily and successfully.
Therefore, your experience at S-TESL will help you to prepare your plan based upon everything you know about the program and your students, and then be able to:
Do you offer job help after graduation?
Please see our alumni section for details on employment resources for our graduates.
Do you have more program specific information?
see our program section for additional information