Certificate in TESOL

The University of the Potomac’s TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) program is a series of intensive academic-focused courses designed to prepare students with certification in teaching the language. The objective is to develop students’ linguistic and teaching competence by focusing on the language functions required for academic achievements and everyday life activities.
While you have hundreds of cities to choose from, few can compare to Washington, D.C.’s abundant entertainment and recreational options, and its ethnically and culturally diverse population. There’s certainly plenty to do, from visiting the many museums along the National Mall to taking in a Washington Nationals baseball game to simply enjoying the cherry blossoms in springtime.

By providing weekly activities designed to help students better understand and engage with the dynamics of studying and living in the United States, the TESOL program helps you discover D.C.’s many facets of American culture.

University of the Potomac is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
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TESOL Certificate Program Learning Goals

Those with the TESOL certificate are able to:

  • Understand the structure of the English language (phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, and discourse)
  • Demonstrate an understanding of language variation and cross-linguistic differences
  • Knowledge of first and second language development and the development of bilingualism/multilingualism
  • Use theory as a lens for thinking critically about social inequities in local/global contexts.
  • Be a knowledgeable consumer of educational research
  • Be skillful in a wide range of instructional materials, approaches, and methods for learners at different stages of development and from differing cultural and linguistic backgrounds
  • Use a wide range of assessment tools for including informal/formal, individual/group, formative/summative instruments

Students will also gain:

  • Academic Enrichment Skills
  • Academic Advising Support and Assistance
  • Career Advising Support and Assistance
  • Interaction with Native English Speakers
  • Access to Washington DC Activities


Levels 1, 2 & 3
Reviewed and approved by ELC®

Time to Completion:

1 Month per Level


$1,900 per level
Includes all books and resource materials

Included in the program

  • All course books
  • Group lessons
  • Supplementary teaching materials and self-access facilities
  • Wi-Fi Internet access throughout the school
  • End-of-course report and diploma
  • Social activities

NOT Included in the Program

  • Registration Fee of $50
  • Campus housing (Local apartments and home stay options may be available)
  • Excursions, certain activities, admission fees, and meals
  • Health insurance (Required, $30 to $50 per month)
  • Transportation
  • Other miscellaneous fees

TESOL Careers

  • General Core Instructors
  • Instructor of ESL
  • Associate Adjunct
  • English Teachers

Ready To Apply? Great! Here's What You Need To Do:

  • Complete an admissions interview conducted in person or via online methods.
  • Sign and submit an attestation of high school (or equivalent) completion.
  • Equivalencies include a GED Certificate. Home schooled students must present a diploma that meets the requirements of the state in which it was issued. (Students with non-US credentials please see International Student Admissions Requirements below).
  • Submit a completed application
  • Arrange for official transcripts from all colleges/universities previously attended to be submitted to the Office of Records and Registration, University of the Potomac.
  • Submit grade reports or scores from any recognized college equivalency examinations (e.g., CLEP, DANTES, and Advanced Placement).
  • Submit certificates from any corporate education training or professional development programs. (Note: An ACE evaluation form may be required to determine appropriate credit for corporate educational training.)
  • Submit military training documents. (Note: An ACE military evaluation form may be required to determine appropriate credit for military training.)
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