What makes this program unique:
Who should attend:

This course is designed for

  • anyone interested in teaching English overseas;

  • instructors who wish to develop skills in working with English learners;

  • those interested in teaching at the community college level;

  • anyone who wants to teach English in immigrant communities.

  • each class is limited to 14 students;

  • the Internship provides an opportunity for participants to work with ESL students in local programs;

  • the program combines theory with practice since the instructors are experienced ESL teachers who bring real-life knowledge to the classroom;

  • the program is intended to be completed in one semester.



The TESOL Certificate program is made up of three components - online courses, Saturday workshops, and an internship - that complement each other to give students in-depth training and teaching experience that fits a variety of schedules and lifestyles. Our program is 135 hours: 52.5 are in-class hours (the Saturday workshops and the 30-hour internship) and 82.5 are online.


Please Note: The TESOL Certificate Program is not a North Carolina ESL K-12 Teacher Licensure Program. The TESOL Certificate Program does not offer CEUs. If you are interested in getting K-12 certification, please see online-distance.ncsu.edu/program/english-as-a-second-language-teacher-licensure-add-on-program/


All applicants must have a bachelor's degree or currently be working on completing a bachelor's degree.


All applicants to the TESOL certificate program must send Robin Kube a copy of their undergraduate transcripts showing a minimum GPA of 2.5 before being allowed to enroll.


Non-native speakers of English must provide a current (i.e., within the last three years) TOEFL score of at least 100 with a minimum of 28 on the Speaking section of the TOEFL or an 8 on the speaking part of IELTS. Non-native speakers of English who have lived in the US since the age of 8 and demonstrate native-like proficiency in all four skills may petition to have the TOEFL score requirement waived.