The University of Arizona has suspended all in-person classes on campus until the end of the summer due to the COVID-19 epidemic and therefore, CESL is currently not receiving applications for the Practicum as we will not be offering in-person classes in our center until the fall. When it is confirmed that in-person classes will reassume in the Fall semester, students will be allowed to enroll in a Practicum.
In addition to the 100-hour Intensive TEFL/TESOL Certificate offered face-to-face as well as the 120-hour and 150-hour Online TEFL/TESOL Certificates, CESL provides students the opportunity to add classroom teaching experience through an on-site Practicum. Many institutions abroad require that students who have completed an online TEFL/TESOL Certificate have at least some classroom experience through which they can learn how to apply the theoretical knowledge of Second Language Acquisition theory, ESL/EFL teaching methodologies and classroom management techniques to the classroom. The Practicum is only available to those who already have a TEFL/TESOL Certificate. Students who have not obtained their TEFL/TESOL Certificate at CESL need to contact the Teacher Training Coordinator before applying in order to obtain approval.
Students are required to enroll in an academic session but have flexibility to complete the required hours at the times that work for them and the CESL faculty member assigned as their mentor. Due to this, students can apply even during the first three weeks of an academic session (see session dates below). CESL offers two Practicum options, based on the number of hours of teaching and observation required:
The 20-hour Practicum combines 17 hours of classroom observations and 3 hours of teaching experience in the ESL classroom under the supervision of a CESL mentor. The 20-hour Practicum is available during CESL academic year and must be completed within one of our five scheduled eight-week sessions.
The 40-hour Practicum combines 34 hours of classroom observations and 6 hours of teaching experience in the ESL classroom under the supervision of a CESL mentor. The 40-hour Practicum is available during CESL academic year and must be completed within a scheduled sixteen-week semester or two consecutive eight-week sessions.