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Learn how to teach English as a Second Language in a community-based setting or overseas.

Certificate code: CE.TEACH-ESL

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What is the job outlook?
Employment of adult literacy and teachers is expected to grow by 15 percent through 2018, which is faster than the average for all occupations. A significant increase in demand is anticipated for ESL instructors. The average hourly wage is typically $23-$25 per hour.

What is the training?
Students complete five noncredit courses including three online, one face-to-face class and a single course practicum that includes classroom observation. Students will learn current theories of second language learning, adult learning theory, lesson planning and instructional techniques. Total Hours: 130

What courses will I take?
ESL-380 - Introduction to Teaching ESL
ELL-381 - ESL Teacher Practicum
ESL-382 - Teaching ESL/EFL Vocabulary - online
ESL-383 - Teaching ESL/EFL Grammar - online
ESL-384 - Teaching ESL/EFL Reading - online

What credentials can I earn?
Upon successful completion of all five courses, students earn an AACC continuing education certificate. To receive the certificate students complete and submit the form to our office. The form and instructions can be found at

What is the cost?
$889 for Anne Arundel County residents, including tuition and fees

What are the requirements?
Students must demonstrate eligibility for ENG-111 - Composition and Introduction to Literature or obtain permission from department chair. For more information about this requirement contact the program coordinator.

How do I enroll?
Register online, in person, by fax, mail. Use certificate code CE.TEACH-ESL. Visit for details.

Consult the college catalog or visit for information about teacher education degrees, certificates and continuing education.

For more information contact Philip Knighton at 410-777-2595 or