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Teaching ESL

Are you interested in obtaining certification to teach in public schools or the credentials to teach in a credit program at the college level?

The ESL Teaching Academy is a unique program designed to meet the needs of a diverse student population (e.g., people considering ESL as a field, volunteers, seasoned instructors, teachers in search of professional development hours to renew certification, people preparing for the ExCET/TExES, etc.). As a noncredit program, however, the Academy does not provide certification to teach in public schools or the credentials required to teach in a credit program at the college level.

If you wish to work toward your baccalaureate degree to teach ESL in Texas public schools, visit the Dallas County Community College District Web page on the Teacher Preparation Program.

If you already hold a baccalaureate degree, and you wish to obtain Alternative Certification to teach Bilingual/ESL in Texas public schools, begin your research at the Texas State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) Web page.

You will find links for three Dallas County Community Colleges--Brookhaven, Mountain View and Richland-- that offer SBEC-approved alternative certification programs.  And you will find a link for the regional educational service center that includes Dallas county.

If you wish to teach ESL at the college level in Texas, you will need to pursue graduate course work in linguistics or TESOL.  For links to area universities that provide certificate and/or master’s programs, visit

If you wish to teach ESL/EFL overseas, it is wise to refer to the TESOL Web site, to access their worldwide affiliate directory to begin researching the country you are considering.  As ESOL’s premier professional development organization, it is the best place to find the most current and factual information about the field.​​​​