English Language Program

TESOL Certification Program

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.

Apply to the TESOL Program by emailing admissions@potomac.edu.

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Program Overview
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

TESOL Careers:

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

What will Students Learn?

  • 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

What will Students Get?

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


English as a Second Language in Washington, D.C.

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.


Accredited University

University of the Potomac is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
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  • Included
    • 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
    • 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
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