Fellow Program

Certificates that meet English Language Fellow Program eligibility requirements include the following components:

  • A minimum of 120 instruction contact hours or an equivalent in credit hours for a certificate granted by a BA or MA TESOL program
    • Live, online, and blended course instruction may be considered.
    • 100-hour certificates may be accepted for eligibility if the program includes 10 or more supervised and observed practicum hours. If the 100-hour certificate program has fewer than 10 hours of practicum, the candidate may be considered eligible with an additional year of full-time ESL/EFL classroom teaching.
  • Classroom practicum/practice teaching (preferred 6 or more hours). This must be supervised and observed by a qualified professional.
    • If a 120-hour certificate program does not include a supervised and observed practicum, the candidate may be considered eligible with an additional year of full-time ESL/EFL classroom teaching.
  • Curriculum components (minimum):
    • Second language acquisition
    • Motivation and the language learner
    • Methods and techniques
      • Teaching language skills: reading, listening, speaking, writing
      • Teaching grammar and vocabulary
    • Lesson planning
    • Classroom management
    • Resource and materials development
    • Testing and assessment
    • Cultural, linguistic, and multi-cultural sensitivity

For TESOL International’s Standards for Short-Term TESL/TEFL Certificate Programs, please click here.

When applying, applicants will need to submit the following:

  • Scan of the certificate document
  • Web address (URL) where the certificate program’s curriculum and practicum components can be verified.

NOTE: To be eligible, all candidates must have a graduate level degree. If candidates do not have an MA in TESOL or a field related to English language teaching, and they also do not have a qualifying TESOL certificate or K-12 ESL state credential, they may be considered eligible if they have done 5 or more years of full-time ESL/EFL, TESL/TEFL, or TESOL related classroom teaching.

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