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Whether you go overseas or teach in the United States, teaching English as a second language can be a rewarding career!

What is the training?

Students complete five noncredit courses including an online practicum with online or in-person classroom observation options. 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 (online)
  • ESL-500 ESL Teacher Practicum (online)
  • 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. Once you successfully complete all the course requirements of the certificate program with a passing grade or higher, submit a Student Application for a Continuing Education Certificate.

What will it cost?

The program costs $940, including tuition and fees.

What are the requirements?

Must be 16 years or older. ENG-101 eligibility is strongly recommended. For questions about this recommendation, email the English Language Learning office at

How do I enroll?

Register online, by mail or in person. Use certificate code CE.TEACH-ESL.

What Our Students Say

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"When I was nearing retirement, I enrolled in AACC’s TESL certificate program as a steppingstone to a new part-time career working with non-native English learners. The program’s courses and hands-on learning opportunities helped me develop confidence and hone my instructional skills. In my current work, I often draw from the online resources I learned about in the program, the textbooks we used, and the practical tips that faculty and classmates shared to make my lessons as useful and engaging as I can for my ESL students. "

-Chris Edwards


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English Language Learning

Office Hours


8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

In Person

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Glen Burnie Town Center, Room 401