ESOL Instructor - TESOL CE Certificate, Continuing Education Workforce Certificate

CCBC's certificate in TESOL is open to individuals from any background or academic discipline who are interested in teaching or supporting instruction for English language learners in a variety of contexts in the US or abroad. The certificate is designed for adults seeking a career change or meaningful volunteer opportunities, students seeking an introduction to the field of TESOL, or educators or other professionals who seek to work more effectively with non-native speakers of English. It incorporates best practices from the TESOL International Association's Standards for Short Term TESL/TEFL Certificate Programs.

This TESOL certificate is unique in that throughout every course students gain experience working with real English language learners so that they build their resumes and confidence while they build their skills.​

Program objectives

Upon successful completion of this Continuing Education Workforce Certificate, students will be able to:

1. apply both theoretical and practical training in the field of TESOL;

2. design and deliver instruction appropriate for English language learners' needs; and

3. use their skills to pursue the ESOL K-12 Praxis exam credential or a professional opportunity teaching ESL in a K-12 support setting, or in a nonprofit, community or adult education, business, or overseas context.

CCBC Pathway

Education Pathway.  Pathways are designed to help you meet your academic and career goals by aligning related courses and programs.  Pathway students participate in a variety of activities that help explore career opportunities in their field of study.  You can meet with a CCBC advisor who help align — or realign — your educational plan with the Pathway that best supports you and your goals.

Program Credentials

CCBC Credential:
Students will earn a CCBC Continuing Education Workforce Certificate and have access to a Continuing Education academic record (transcript).​

Financial Aid and Payment Options

We offer financial aid by packaging public and private funding options to those who qualify, in select Continuing Education courses and programs. Additional opportunities for financial support include partial payment options through Nelnet Business Solutions and tuition waivers for those who qualify. Resources outside of CCBC may also be available through employer/sponsor paid tuition,  the Department of Rehabilitation Services (DORS), and your local office of workforce development.

Length of Training

10 months

Program Requirements

The certificate offers at least three start times each year. Students may begin the certificate program with any course offering. The program duration is 10 months for students who pursue one content course at a time.​

​​For success in this program, a high school diploma and strong English language skills are recommended. 

This program is not eligible for Baltimore County Public Schools Blueprint funding

Application Process

To apply, go to and complete the CCBC Continuing Education Workforce Certificate program application.  An email will then be sent with program information and any additional requirements necessary to apply for the program.

Open Entry – No screening or documentation required.

Prior Learning Assessment

This program has no options for obtaining course waiver(s) for prior learning.

Program Course Sequence

Course Number

Course Title

Course Hours

Textbook Information

(approximate cost; subject to change)




Foundations of TESOL





TESOL Practicum IA

(must be taken with ADS184)

6 N/A ​​$58


TESOL Methods: Principles in Practice 





TESOL Practicum IB

(must be taken with ADS189)

6 N/A ​​$58


TESOL Methods: Classroom & Curriculum





TESOL Practicum II

(must be taken with ADS185)

12 N/A




English Grammar Pedagogy





TESOL Practicum IC

(must be taken with ADS188)

6 N/A


Course Series Totals:





​All credit and CE students must successfully complete ADS 188 English Grammar Pedagogy for the certificate. 

Additional Information

Course Substitutions:
Credit course EDTR268 for ADS184, ADS186, ADS189, and ADS191.  

Credit course EDTR269 for ADS 185 and ADS192.

Career Opportunities:
The program is designed for adults seeking a career change or meaningful volunteer opportunities, students seeking an introduction to the field of TESOL, or educators or other professionals seeking to work more effectively with non-native speakers of English. Please note that many English teaching opportunities in the US require a bachelor's degree. This program is not designed to provide credentialing for K-12 or for teaching ESL for college credit.

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Program Contact Information

Director: Michelle McCallum | | 443-840-1925 | Essex | BESS 117