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Take your Language Teaching Career Further With Online TESOL Training! Heading link

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The Tutorium Online TESOL Professional Development Series is a set of three online courses designed to prepare instructors to teach English to speakers of other languages.

This program is for people with or without prior experience who hope to teach abroad, locally, or online. Upon completion of the program, trainees will be prepared to teach and tutor English.

The full program takes approximately 135 hours to complete and requires a participant to find and complete a 10-hour teaching practicum.

How to Apply

  1. Complete our online application at
  2. For Program, select “English for International Professionals and Special Programs.”
    • The application takes no more than 10 minutes to complete.
    • There is no application fee.
    • You do not have to be a current UIC student to participate.
  3. Tell us (email: how you plan to take the courses.
  4. Complete your payment for the program at

Admission requirements: High School Diploma and Reliable Internet Access. Participants must be able to take a class in English.

  • Non-native speakers are welcome to apply. At least an intermediate level of English proficiency is needed. The Tutorium will assess those applicants who are unsure of their language proficiency.

How to Take the Courses

All courses are offered online every term, giving you multiple ways to join our program.

Choose the path that fits your goals. You can complete all the courses in one term, spread them out over multiple terms, or pick individual courses for professional development.

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2024 Calendar


Term A: January 8 – March 1
Term B: March 4 – May 3


May 13 – July 5


Term A: August 19 – October 11
Term B: October 14 – December 6

  • Registration deadline: 1 week before each term starts.
  • Early registration discount deadline: 3 weeks before each term starts.

Tuition Heading link

Full Program cost

  • Full program tuition is $1,400.
  • Early registration tuition is $1,200.

Early Registration

To qualify for the early registration discount, complete your registration and full tuition payment 3 weeks before the start of each semester.

Refund Policy

TESOL Professional Development Series follows the refund schedule of the university.

  • The refund is based on the amount paid (full series or individual classes, regular or early registration rates), and the refund schedule is based on the course taken and the part of the term at the time the withdrawal is initiated.
  • When the full series is paid for in advance and classes are taken across different parts of a term, the full cost of any courses (based on the rate paid – regular or early) taken in the previous term will be deducted from refunds initiated in the latter term.

Course Descriptions and Individual Tuition Rates Heading link

ELSI 061 Introduction to Applied Linguistics (4 credit hours^)

Introduction to linguistic concepts including the nature of language, non-native language acquisition, intercultural communication, and the structure of English with a focus on how concepts apply to language teaching.

  • Individual Course Tuition: $720
  • Early registration tuition: $670

ELSI 062 Language Teaching Methodologies (4 credit hours^)

The course focuses on effective language instruction and assessment. The course provides best practices for teaching languages including TESOL.

  • Individual Course Tuition: $720
  • Early registration tuition: $670

ELSI 069 Practicum in Language Teaching (1-2 credit hours^)

This practicum focuses on the experience of teaching a language with guidance from an experienced instructor. Participants registering for 1 credit hour will need to find a 10 hour practicum (internship) in addition to classwork. Participants needing a 20-hour practicum would register for 2 credit hours.

  • Individual Course Tuition: $200 (1 credit/10-hour^)*

*Students needing a 20-hour practicum can register for an extra credit hour for an additional $100.

^ELSI courses are credit bearing, but no graduation credit is given and the courses, which are graded Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory, are non-GPA bearing.

Additional Options Heading link

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On-Campus Observations

After program completion, we also offer a separate immersive 1-3 week on-campus experience where you can visit Chicago and observe our courses in person.

Study/Teach Abroad

Group Discounts and Customization

The Tutorium can offer discounts and program customization for interested groups.

Partnering with the Tutorium

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