Certificate TESOL

Graduate Certificate in Teaching English Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

The Olivet TESOL Certificate program is designed to prepare teachers in ministry. The ministry vision of teaching English as a second language is to reach speakers of other languages around the world and share the Gospel. Olivet’s high-level and practical program is not limited to the introduction of different teaching theories, but more focusing on real-time teaching practices in a classroom setting. This programmatic focus equips each student with a deep understanding of teaching effectively in culturally diverse classroom settings.

The TESOL program is designed for those who already have an excellent mastery of English. Courses provided in this program cover the following topics: Introduction to TESOL methods and approaches, Teaching Material and Assessment; Introduction to Language and Language Acquisition; Introduction to the Structure of English and Teaching Grammar; Cultural and Religious Understanding, Practicum, including Lesson Planning, Classroom Research, and Professionalism.

Students who finish this program will be qualified to teach both children and adults in a classroom setting professionally and a TESOL certificate would be granted upon completion of the certificate program.

Program Goals

In the context of Olivet University's mission, students who complete the TESOL Certificate program will be able to:

  • Understand the TESOL teaching methods for children to adults.
  • Knowledgeable about day to day mission field language.
  • Develop tests and assessments.
  • Describe an overview of the English language.
  • Differentiate between first and second language acquisition.
  • Appreciate cultural and religious differences and learning styles.
  • Teach grammar for writing and speaking.
  • Plan lessons.
  • Apply for a teaching position.
  • Complete classroom observations, critiques, and teachings.
Completion Requirements

TESOL Certificate students must fulfill the following to complete the program:

  • Pass required quarter hours:
  • Course One: 2 Units
  • Course Two: 2 Units
  • Course Three: 2 Units
  • Course Four: 4 Units
  • Course Five: 2 Units Course Six: 2 Units
  • Receive a passing mark for Chapel requirements.
  • Maintain a 3.00 (B grade point average) in all classes.
  • Each course will have it’ own end of class assessment for students to pass Satisfy all financial responsibilities to the university.
Time Limits

TESOL Certificate Program degree is normally fulfilled in three quarters of study. This program is offered in a part format with normally 4 units - 6 units per quarter. Students who have not completed the requirements within the one year period must petition for extension every term, up to a maximum of 2 years from the date of enrollment, to remain in the program.