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Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages - K-12

This certificate is currently known as "Teaching English as a Second Language - K-12". It has been requested to be retitled to "Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages - K-12". This award will undergo review by the Colorado Community College System (CCCS), the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), and  the U.S. Department of Education (ED) for the title change requested. Upon final ED approval, this statement will be removed and a note placed in our Catalog Addendum noting the date of the approved title change.

My Academic Plan

Courses are displayed to show the fastest path to your certificate and should be completed in the order listed. This program functions as cohorts starting fall and spring semester of each academic year. If you have questions or concerns about your MAP, please see your Program Director or Pathways Advisor.

Program Description

This program is designed for students wanting to complete a one-year (two semester) Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages K-12 and enter the workforce. Students explore K-12 classroom procedures and techniques in teaching and learning the English language successfully. The Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) program provides high quality instruction through innovative teaching practices and experiential learning. It prepares teacher leaders to be knowledgeable, creative thinkers, and reflective decision makers. This certificate prepares students for careers as paraeducators or to earn licensure to teach in an elementary or high school classroom. This program is also appropriate for teachers with a bachelor's degree looking to improve their skills teaching English to speakers of other languages.

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First Semester

Course NumberTitleCredits
TEL 103Career Strat-TESL Workplace


TEL 100Teaching ESL English Study


TEL 102Proc/Techs for ESL Classroom


TEL 225Second Language Acquisition


Total Credit Hours:10

Second Semester

Course NumberTitleCredits
TEL 245ESL in the Content Areas


TEL 289Capstone


Total Credit Hours:6

Total Credit Hours: 16

Important Program Notes:

TEL 225 may be taken in either Semester 1 or Semester 2.