This is a brief introduction to the Citizens TESOL Certificate Course. In these lessons, we will help you prepare for the rest of the course so that you can get "all your ducks in a row" and know what to expect.
  • 01

    Getting Started

    • Welcome!

    • Course Goals

    • Course Structure

    • About Knowledge Checks

    • Knowledge Check

    • Who We Are

  • 02

    Getting Organized

    • Selecting an Email Address

    • Setting up your Profile

  • 03

    Meet Your Classmates

    • About activities in this course

    • A community of teachers

    • Discussion: Introduce yourself

    • About VoiceThread

    • VoiceThread: Add your voice

    • About Mentimeter

    • About Polls, Surveys, and Word Clouds

    • 1) Take the poll

    • 2) See the results

    • Different ways to learn

    • About Padlet

    • Padlet: Where we are

    • Where we want to go

    • Share your list

    • Let's Go

  • 04

    Ready, Set, Go!

    • 2021: A Work In Progress

    • Review the FAQ

    • Find answers and connect

    • Survey: Weekly Webinars

    • English Proficiency Test

    • Choose a Track

    • Choose a Bundle

    • Next steps

    • Let's Go!

“I never would’ve had this opportunity without the training I received through TESOL.”


Teaching at the classes in Honolulu's Chinatown placed a face behind the purpose of TESOL. It was impossible for me to sit across our students each week without seeing their story. I listened to mothers who left everything they knew back home to give their children a fresh start. I remember an older man who sat on a bus for hours each week just to come to our class. It was so evident the eagerness each student carried to learn this language with the common goal of obtaining a U.S. Citizenship. A door opened up for me to build relationships with people who had a completely different background than I do. I know that I never would’ve had the opportunity to meet these students without the training I received through TESOL. It showed me how God can use the skills that He’s given us to bring His people together. — MIKI, CLASS OF 2019

What's included with every module?

  • HD video lessons and tutorials

  • Interactive learning activities

  • Ready-to-use resources for your classroom

  • Personal instructor assistance

  • 1 credit and a TESOL Certificate Of Completion from YWAM's University of the Nations (except for Course Introduction)

  • This course leads to an internationally recognized Professional Certificate (Cert IV in TESOL) from the Australian College of Career Development

Meet Your Instructors

Andy and Cortnie Brooks are the TESOL Directors at YWAM Montana and have trained hundreds of teachers in the United States, Asia, and Pacific Islands

Frequently Asked Questions


  • Is this course a good fit for me?

    If you want to be a teacher who inspires students in your community or around the world, then this course is for you! This course is for training and certifying professional English teachers, specifically, but the skills practiced in this course transfer to all kinds of teaching, ministry, and leadership. If you are looking for a way to support yourself overseas so you can travel, then this course is for you too! Many of our graduates support themselves with paid teaching positions in schools and universities, while others have become ‘digital nomads’ teaching English online. And many other graduates use their skills as volunteers who are making a difference every day in whatever classroom or space they find themselves in.

  • What does my schedule look like during the course?

    You get to decide! There is a lot of flexibility when it comes to interacting with the course and completing assignments. This course is self-paced in many ways, and this means you can access the course platform at any time during the week that suits your needs. If you prefer to do your work in the morning with a nice cup of coffee, go for it! At night with some cozy lighting and your favorite study music? That works too!

  • How many hours per week do I need to study?

    That depends on your situation and how much time you can commit each week. This course is designed with working or part-time students in mind, and our goal is to make it accessible to students who volunteer their time elsewhere, have jobs, have families, or have other responsibilities. Students can choose to complete the course in a few weeks or several months. In order to finish the course in 8 weeks, you should anticipate at least 10-15 hours of coursework each week. Students who need to take additional time to complete the course may do so, and they can finish the course in 12 months by working an average of 3 hours per week.

  • How interactive is the course going to be?

    There are many different kinds of online courses, but we have strived to make this particular course as engaging and interactive as possible. Together, our staff team has decades of experience with traditional face-to-face courses and online courses at the professional and university level. Whenever possible, we’ve included the same kind of interactive activities in this course that students enjoy in our more traditional face-to-face TESOL courses.

  • What kinds of activities and assignments?

    Each module consists of a wide variety of content that includes: short videos and reading assignments on each topic, interactive discussions, ungraded exercises to help you check your own understanding, and graded projects to apply what you're learning and put it into practice.

  • Are there any age or academic requirements?

    Anyone wishing to take the course must be 17 years of age and have completed year ten of secondary school. There are no other academic requirements for attending TESOL. (Students who do not yet meet these requirements can still access the course and complete the modules, but may not receive full credit until they have met the age and academic requirements.)

  • Can you help me find a teaching position?

    We have an extensive network of partner locations around the world that are in need of teachers. To learn more about these locations, explore the Partner Locations pages on our website where we’ve made it easy for you to connect with each location by email. And you can find classmates who are interested in those locations by going to the Communities pages in your Student Dashboard (available after you sign up).

  • Do I need to be a native English speaker?

    No. We feel that some of the best teachers are those who speak multiple languages, and if that’s you, we know that you are going to make an excellent teacher. If you can speak and write in English and be understood by others, then you should be able to do well in the course.



  • Start together

    If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. We believe you will do better in the course if we can all start together. In the first two weeks of the course, you will have a chance to get to know your classmates. We will also begin offering weekly webinars and other features to give you additional support and learning opportunities. Join us at the starting line: June 21st, 2021

  • Finish at your own pace

    When you start the course, you can choose between two different tracks: The Fast Track gives you the option to finish in as few as 8 weeks (following the schedule outlined below), while the Extended Track allows you extra time to relax and finish the course at your own pace in under a year. You can take as much time as you need to finish the course!

  • Schedule for releasing modules

    Classes for Module 1 are scheduled to begin on June 21, 2021. Then a new module will be released every three weeks. (This schedule has been updated, send us a message or join the course for more details.)



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  • University Credits and Certificate (included)

    1 credit and a TESOL Certificate of Completion from YWAM’s University of the Nations (UofN) is given upon successful completion of each module. (All fees are included in the price of the course.)

  • Add a Professional Certificate (fee required)

    Graduates from Modules 1-4 and the Teaching Portfolio Module can also apply for an internationally recognized professional certificate for an additional fee of $200. (Note: This third-party fee is subject to change and includes an additional assessment process.)