Multnomah University

TESOL Certificates

With the continued growth of English as a worldwide language, professionals teaching English to speakers of other languages have numerous opportunities for service in schools, community centers, mission organizations, and more. Individuals who are passionate about engaging the international community will find that TESOL offers an excellent platform.

TESOL Certificate options

Foundations in TESOL Certificate

This three-credit introductory certificate course provides instruction for those wishing to gain initial exposure to TESOL theory and practice. Content includes a broad overview of general principles of language learning and teaching and an introduction to the teaching of each skill area. You do not need a bachelor's degree to qualify for this course.


LIN 445 / 545 Foundations of TESOL (3 credits)

Advanced Certificate

Any student who completes the six TESOL core courses (18 semester-hours) earns an Advanced Certificate in TESOL. This certificate program is available for students who have already completed a bachelor’s degree and are not seeking a full degree from Multnomah.


  • LIN515 General Linguistics
  • LIN 516 Grammar for TESOL
  • LIN 545 Foundations of TESOL
  • LIN 552 Teaching Oral and Written Communication
  • LIN 555 Course and Curriculum Development
  • LIN 558 ESOL Practicum

Job outlook

“Given the broad geographic spread of English, and the variety of world Englishes being spoken globally, English is seen less and less as a 'foreign' language, and more as an additional language. In other words, learning English is no longer viewed as something optional, but essential. English has become the most widely taught language in the world.”
– TESOL Position Statement on English as a Global Language (2008)

Whether students are looking to teach overseas or in the US, the demand for highly trained English language teachers is on the rise. As the discipline of English language teaching has expanded its horizons, there is a great demand, not just for teachers, but for highly qualified and trained professionals who can implement best practices in diverse classrooms and help their students achieve success.  

Points of distinction

  • Through our coursework students will receive a balance of the necessary theoretical foundations and practical techniques for professional language teaching.
  • Our programs seek to help students integrate faith with educational practice.
  • Our students are prepared to skillfully serve diverse student populations in the U.S. and around the world.


  • Understand universal components of language. (TE1)
  • Gain exposure to current language acquisition theory. (TE2)
  • Understand theoretical foundations and practical approaches for teaching each skill area. (TE3)
  • Skillfully employ a wide variety of teaching techniques. (TE4)
  • Design curriculum for language courses. (TE5)
  • Understand the sociopolitical, economic, cultural and educational contexts in which English is taught around the world. (TE6)

Common career paths

The certificate programs provide students primarily with volunteer and mission-based opportunities, including:

  • Teaching English in the U.S. to refugees and immigrants through community-based programs.
  • Teaching abroad in elementary and secondary educational settings, language schools, and multinational corporations.
  • Teaching English by serving in short-term and long-term mission contexts.

Real-world learning opportunities

Students spend time observing a variety of ESL classrooms and reflecting on their observations.

More TESOL options

Multnomah also offers the following TESOL programs:

  • BA with a major in TESOL
    The major consists of 30 semester hours of Intercultural Studies and Linguistics in addition to the Bible and General Education requirements.
  • BA with a minor in TESOL
    The minor consists of 18 hours of TESOL and Intercultural Studies coursework Linguistics in addition to the Bible and General Education requirements.
  • TESOL Endorsement 
    For students who already have or are working toward a degree in education, we offer a 14 semester hour licensure track program.  This program can be completed via evening and summer courses.  An ESOL Endorsement gives students the opportunity to pursue state teaching licensure and become eligible to teach ESL in a K-12 teaching environment.
  • Master of Arts in TESOL
    For students who already have a bachelor's degree, we offer a 37-credit master's program. This program, which can be completed in two years, provides students with on-campus and international practicum opportunities.