Required for the 12-credit TESOL Certificate
S-TESL students are required to have a minimum of six hours’ experience with ESL students in order to complete training. This requirement is met differently depending on the format of study (Intensive, Evening, Online).
- 4-Week Intensive students automatically meet the requirement based on their participation in the S-TESL evening ESL class.
- Online students are required to have Contact Time and, therefore, will meet this requirement. Additional documentation will be required at the time of the certificate.
- Evening students may choose to meet the requirement in a way that fits their schedules. Opportunities are shared with students. Note: Field experience must be in a group setting (not tutoring) with a minimum of five ESOL students.
At the time of certificate application the TESOL student must submit the following:
- Field Experience Verification Form (completed by host teacher)
- Reflection Sheet
The S-TESL Director will write a letter verifying the specific courses the student completed and the field experience. This letter – in conjunction with the certificate – will be useful to graduates when applying for teaching positions that require evidence of classroom experience.
Field Experience FAQs
I had contact time in an ESOL class before studying TESOL. Does this count?
No. Experience obtained prior to the start of your S-TESL certificate program does not count. We will only accept field experienced obtained after you’ve begun your studies at S-TESL, and all field experience requirements must be completed within one year of completion of your TESOL certificate courses at S-TESL.
Will my certificate state that I have completed this field experience?
Not directly on the certificate, but students will receive a letter of verification from the director when the certificate is processed.
Does S-TESL help students find six hours of field experience?
S-TESL distributes volunteer opportunities with enrolled students. During your studies, you may develop contacts that you can use. There is a list of some locations (below). If you have questions, please contact the Director, George Rowe at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is there a deadline for completion of the field experience?
Yes. Field experience must be completed within one year of completion of TESOL studies.
When should I apply?
You submit your application after you’ve completed 12 S-TESL credits and are applying for your TESOL certificate.
I began or completed my TESOL certificate program before Fall Quarter 2013. Do I still need to meet this requirement?
No. Before Fall Quarter 2013, the field experience was optional. This requirement applies to students who began studies at S-TESL Fall 2013 and beyond.