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.


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

What is TESOL?

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. 

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.   

Other program information? (TESOL COURSES - separate page, like AA Studies)

TESOL Sample Courses

ANT 160: Cultural Diversity in the Modern World 

Introduces the student to the diversity of human cultural experience in the contemporary world. Focuses on gaining an appreciation for the common humanity and uniqueness of all cultures, creating sensitivity toward stereotypes and ethnocentrism, and understanding the distinctions between ‘race’, ethnicity and racism.  


COM 254: Introduction to Intercultural Communication

Introduces intercultural communication with an emphasis on the relationships between culture and communication, social/psychological variables, verbal/nonverbal language systems, intercultural communication perceptions and conflict resolution. Fulfills Social Behavior Science and Cultural Studies requirements. 


TES 100: Introduction to TESOL

Introduces key concepts in teaching English as a second or foreign language. Offers a broad introduction to the knowledge and skills needed to become a professional teacher of ESL or EFL across disciplines. 


TES 101: Second Language Literacy & Acquisition

Studies theory, research, and pedagogy associated with the development of literacy in two languages. Focuses on prominent research trends in the study of the language learner, the process of acquisition, and the interaction of learner, language, and context. 


TES 102: Methods & Practice

Traditional and innovative approaches for integrating instructional technology and multimedia, designing of classroom materials for specific purposes, and preparing procedures for teaching all language skills at various educational levels. 


TES 103: Second Language Teaching w/Lab

Provides a balance between observations and practical teaching experience. Students plan, teach, and reflect on lessons through a practical a teaching experience. 

TESOL Faculty

Assistant Professor, Dr. Quanisha Charles, English

Assistant Professor, Jonathan Montgomery, English

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.

Gainful Employment Disclosure Information:

This information is provided in compliance with the Federal Gainful Employment regulations. As a public non-profit education institution, we are required to report the following information for certificate and diploma programs that meet gainful employment definitions (beginning July 1, 2011).

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.

Program Contact

Quanisha Charles, PhD


Program Coordinator