Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Certificate | JCTC

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Certificate

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Learn strategies and methods to equip English Language Learners with the skills they need to strengthen their English language proficiency.

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What is TESOL?

The Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) certificate program prepares individuals for entry and advancement within the profession as English language teachers.  

Courses in the TESOL program cover how to incorporate dynamic and interactive teaching methods into lesson plans. You will learn how a second language is acquired, the characteristics of English language learners, and teaching best practices, which includes classroom observations and Praxis tests.  

In the program, students will be able to demonstrate how communities, heritage, and goals shape learning and expectations of learning a second language, create core objectives and techniques that reflect what learning a second language entails, develop career preparations for the immersion into the ESL/EFL profession, identify theoretical aspects of language and language learning in the ESL/EFL profession, create theoretical aspects that focuses languages and what constitutes a language. 

As an interdisciplinary approach, this program also reinforces other courses in the humanities and social sciences including Communication and Anthropology to enhance critical and creative thinking skills.

What are my career options?

Knowledge and skills acquired through the TESOL program open opportunities to work locally through community organizations, such as churches and Kentucky Refugee Ministries, Jefferson Workforce Solutions, specifically with companies such as UPS, Amazon, EcoATM & Fanatics. There are also international career opportunities through the Korean Ministry of Education (KMOE).  

What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?

The TESOL program culminates in a certificate. Courses taken in the program are fully accredited and can be applied toward a higher degree.   


Length of program

Through nineteen (19) accredited hours, six (6) courses, students learn various concepts and skills of what teaching English language learners entails. If full-time, students can earn the certificate in as little as two semesters. 

This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.


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Other Information

The program does not possess ESL licensure and is not synonymous with KY Teaching Certificates.

Current FAFSA regulations allow for the cost of courses in the TESOL program to be paid for via student loans.

TESOL Faculty
Assistant Professor, Dr. Quanisha Charles, English

Assistant Professor, Jonathan Montgomery, English

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Program Contact

Quanisha Charles, PhD


Program Coordinator

(502) 213-5064