Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Core Certificate

145 Hours / 6 Months / Instructor Supported

Course Overview:

This course will be discontinued on May 31st, 2019.

ProTrain has partnered with Promise Opens Doors to offer the TESOL Core Certificate Program.  With one of the most reputable credentials for teaching English as a second language, the TESOL Core Certificate opens doors for you to earn a competitive teaching wage and indulge your adventurous spirit as you travel the world.

Who Should Attend?

The program is designed for prospective or current teachers and administrators, worldwide, who have little to no formal training in English Language Teaching (ELT). Participants will focus on teaching young learners, in EFL environments.

Time Commitment:

The 145 hours of required course work and practicum components can be completed in 4 to 6 months. All courses are asynchronous. On average, 8 hours per week should be devoted to the online course work. With that being said, students are expected to check-in to their course at least every other day, if not daily.

Grading and Assessment:

The TESOL Core Certificate Program, as well as the online courses that make up the core of the program, are organized on a pass (satisfactory completion of all requirements)/no pass (unsatisfactory) basis. Satisfactory completion is equal to an 80% or higher on all scores. 

Course Outline:

Part 1. Foundations Course

The first online course provides the general theoretical and practical knowledge needed for prospective and newly practicing English as a second language (ESL) teachers. It familiarizes the participants with theoretical and practical aspects of language, language learning, teaching methodology, and classroom practice. This course comprises six one-week modules, covering the following topics:

  • Theoretical Base: An Introduction to the Knowledge Base of TESOL
  • Week 1: Introduction to Language
  • Week 2: Introduction to Language Learning
  • Week 3: Introduction to Language Teaching
  • Practical Application:  An Introduction to the Practice of TESOL
  • Week 4: Understanding the English Language
  • Week 5: Facilitating Language Learning
  • Week 6: Preparing Lessons
Part 2. Specialty Course: Young Learners

This course will provide you with a basic understanding of the various practices and research that are used in a young learner classroom. The first half of the course looks at theoretical aspects of young learner development and language acquisition/learning. The second half looks at practical knowledge that English teachers need to design lessons and manage a young learner classroom. In addition, the Young Learners course explores assessment approaches and tools to evaluate students’ learning. This course also comprises six one-week modules and covers the following topics and language skills:

  • Week 1: Child Development
  • Week 2: Language Acquisition and Learning
  • Week 3: Instructional Approaches to Teaching Young Learners
  • Week 4: Young Learners in an English Language Classroom
  • Week 5: Monitoring Student Learning and Assessment
  • Week 6: Planning for Learning
Part 3. Classroom Observation and Practice Teaching​

The classroom observation and supervised practice teaching enable participants to apply the knowledge and skills learned in Parts 1 and 2 of the TESOL Core Certificate Program (TCCP) . Through observations and practice teaching, you will observe a variety of language teaching methodologies and fine-tune your personal teaching practice. You are encouraged to begin your classroom observations immediately after passing the Foundations course. You will have up to 2 months from the end of the Young Learners specialty course to complete Part 3 of the TCCP.  

For Part 3, you are required to complete three tasks:

1. 10 hours of classroom observation

You must observe one or more experienced ESL or EFL teacher(s) teaching English language learners in a classroom setting. To ensure that you are exposed to a variety of pedagogical approaches, we recommend that you observe several teachers (for example, five teachers, for two hours each). While the teaching practicum will be completed online (see below), these observation hours can be completed either online or in a traditional classroom setting. 

Participants are encouraged to begin finding classes to observe before the Foundations Course ends. Participants can begin their classroom observations after receiving a passing grade on the Foundation course.

Observation can be done while the second course, Young Learners, is in progress. 

2. 15 hours of supervised practice teaching

Your practice teaching must cover 15 hours of instruction in a real-time online classroom. An administrator will arrange the instruction hours in our online classrooms and you will receive a schedule of the classes you are expected to teach. 

You must reflect on the development and implementation of your lesson plans with your supervisor or master teacher. Your classroom instruction must be observed at least twice by your supervisor or master teacher. After each observation, he/she will provide formal feedback.

After you have completed your 15 hours of practice teaching, you will need to complete a formal reflection based on the lessons you’ve taught. Participants will be provided a template for this reflection.

*Would-be participants should take note of the time zone differences for teaching online classes before enrolling.  Since we currently work with students located in EAST ASIA, class times are typically in the late hours of the day/early morning (7pm-3am EST). 

3. Two 15-minute videos of your teaching 

You are required to record video and send two 15-minute videos from your 15 hours of supervised teaching (these do not have to be the same as the observed practice teaching). These videos must show clear examples (provided in Part 3 of the course) of your students engaged in language learning.  

All necessary course materials are included.

Certificate Information:

To earn the TESOL Core Certificate, participants must successfully complete three parts:

  • 60-hour (6-week) online Foundations course on the fundamentals of TESOL
  • 60-hour (6-week) online Young Learners course 
  • 25-hour teaching practicum
    • 10 hours of in-person or online classroom observation
    • 15 hours of in-person practice teaching


Once the registration fee has been paid, the applicants will need to complete the registration process by:

  • Submitting their social security number to Promise Opens Doors.

Participants should be aware that for teaching practicum completed anywhere, in any certificate program (of repute), a background check will be necessary to ensure the safety of the students.  Acceptance into the Promise Opens Doors certificate program means that participants will be placed in our online, real-time classrooms with young students, so a background check is necessary. Any applicant unwilling to submit to a background check or those failing a background check will have their course fee refunded.

  • Signing  the Participant Agreement Form (PAF) via Docusign

a breakdown of the course requirements is provided and must be acknowledged.

  • Signing the Teacher Agreement Form (TAF) via Docusign

a contract that outlines the standards participants are expected to abide by while teaching in our cyber classrooms

If an applicant is unwilling to submit information for a background check or fails a background check, their acceptance into the course will be rescinded and the course fee refunded. 

Additionally, if the applicant is unwilling to sign either the PAF or TAF forms, or fails to meet the English proficiency requirement, then acceptance into the program will be rescinded and the course fee refunded.

Refunds given due to the reasons above will result in a 5% administrative fee being deducted.

System Requirements:

Internet Connectivity Requirements:
  • Cable and DSL internet connections are recommended.

Hardware Requirements:
  • Minimum Pentium 400 Mhz CPU or G3 Macintosh. 1 GHz or greater CPU recommended.
  • 256MB RAM minimum. 1 GB RAM recommended.
  • 800x600 video resolution minimum. 1025x768 recommended.
  • Speakers/Headphones to listen to Dialogue steaming audio sessions.
  • A microphone to speak in Dialogue streaming audio sessions.
Operating System Requirements:
  • Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 9, 10
  • Mac OSX 10 or higher.
  • OpenSUSE Linux 9.2 or higher.
Web Browser Requirements:
  • Google Chrome is recommended.
  • Firefox 13.x or greater.
  • Internet Explorer 6.x or greater.
  • Safari 3.2.2 or greater.
Software Requirements:
  • Adobe Flash Player 6 or greater.
  • Oracle Java 7 or greater.
  • Adobe Reader 7 or greater.
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**Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated.**