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Resources for TESOL Certificate Students

Resources for Careers in TESOL

Whether you are interested in traveling the world or teaching in your own community, earning a TESOL Certificate is a first step to entering the exciting world of teaching English to speakers of other languages.

Below you will find a list of resources related to pursing your career in TESOL. We also offer a Career Workshop (online access) each spring to our current students.

A TESOL Certificate will allow you to pursue some of the following career opportunities:

  • Teaching EFL in private or public schools overseas*
  • Teaching English for Specific Purposes in various contexts
  • Teaching in community ESL programs in the U.S.
  • Tutoring ESL/EFL students online through various platforms
  • Tutoring in community-based programs
  • Applying to/Teaching in the English Language Fellows Program
  • Applying to/Teaching in the Peace Corps
  • Working in TESOL materials development
  • Working in TESOL testing/placement
  • Working in TESOL publishing contexts

*Our Certificate does not prepare students for teaching ESL in U.S. K-12 contexts.

Curious what some of our recent TESOL Certificate Alumni are doing now? Here of some of the recent jobs they have accepted:

  • Teaching international students in a university Intensive English Program
  • Teaching English in a private language school overseas
  • Teaching immigrants/international students in community programs
  • Working as a testing/placement coordinator