Global TESOL Certificate Program

If you have the desire to teach English to speakers of other languages, enhance your career with UGA's Global TESOL Certificate program.

The Global TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) Certificate is a 150-hour training program designed for individuals who want to teach English in a non-public school setting within or outside of the United States. Unlike basic TESOL courses available online, this is an in-depth program that includes observing TESOL classrooms and practicing with other students. 


  • Format: Classroom

    Hours: 150 / 15 CEUs

    Where: UGA's Gwinnett campus

    When: Saturdays

    Cost: $1,495 or $389 per module

The four course modules in this classroom program will give you a solid theoretical foundation for teaching English, as well as hands-on classroom experience and job-searching skills. You will learn about intercultural communication, linguistics, and curriculum and lesson plan development. Successful completion of the program will prepare you to work as a teacher, trainer, tutor or cross-cultural communicator both at home and abroad. The modules – each of which includes outside research, projects, observation and portfolio development – can be taken in any order.

Individual modules include:

Who Should Attend?

  • Individuals interested in teaching English to speakers of other languages
  • Teachers, instructors or trainers
  • Au pairs
  • Translators

Course Information

Course Format: 
University of Georgia Gwinnett Campus
2530 Sever Rd NW, Lawrenceville, GA 30043
United States
Course Fee(s): 

The modules can be purchased individually, on a "pay as you go" basis, for $389 each.  
Optionally, all four modules can be purchased at one time as a full package for $1495.

Some modules require student to purchase a textbook. 

Continuing Education Information: 

Certificate of Completion from the University of Georgia
15 CEUs or 15 PLUs for the complete certificate

To receive PLUs, teachers must complete and submit this Prior Approval Form before starting the class.

Military Funding Information:

The Global TESOL Certificate Program has been approved by the Department of Veterans Services to receive GI Bill funding. Spouses of active duty military members that are eligible for MYCAA and active duty military members that are eligible for Air Force TA and Army TA may contact their education service officer to apply for course approval. For more information regarding military funding for this course, visit our Financial and Military Assistance page or contact our office at 706-542-3537.

Sarah Anne Shope, PhD, brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in teaching English to speaker of other languages. She has been active in developing and facilitating Global TESOL training courses and programs, and her area of expertise includes applied linguistics, issues of culture, methodology for teaching English as a second language and/or as a foreign language, and creative professional writing. As a professional writer, Shope has considerable commercial, literary and academic publication credits.

  • Must have excellent communication skills in English
  • High school diploma or bachelors degree