Leadership Development Certificate Program


14 July - 10 August 2014        

Program Description

The Leadership Development Certificate Program (LDCP) provides quality professional development and leadership training for current or future leaders within TESOL International Association. The 4-week, 40-hour online program is open to TESOL members only.

The LDCP also benefits current or future leaders of other English language teacher associations.

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To make the LDCP accessible to TESOL members worldwide, it is offered online only. LDCP graduates are also able to participate in additional networking opportunities on leadership issues.

Who Should Attend?

Any TESOL member interested in developing knowledge and skills in association leadership

What Will I Learn?

Participants will

  • Learn about current developments in TESOL International Association and the profession
  • Get an overview of key leadership concepts and effective practices in the context of an international association
  • Discuss leadership issues with peers worldwide
  • Learn from a variety of experienced TESOL leaders
  • Reflect on their own leadership skills, style, and perspectives

Instructors and Discussion Facilitators

Neil Anderson, professor of linguistics and English language at Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, USA, and president of TESOL International Association 2001–2002.

Mark Algren
, director of the Applied English Center at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, USA, and president of TESOL International Association 2009–2010.

Sandy Briggs
, president of TESOL International Association 2007–2008.

Program Requirements and Assessment

To earn the LDCP certificate, participants must complete the following requirements.


  • Current membership in TESOL International Association
  • Professional experience in the field of TESOL, a basic familiarity with the association, and the willingness and commitment to take part in a 4-week online course
  • Reliable Internet connection and e-mail (specific technology requirements for this TESOL online course will be provided in August)

Precourse activities for registrants

  • Complete a survey reflecting on your knowledge, skills, and awareness as a current or future leader
  • Read an article on leadership to get you thinking about some of the issues that will be covered in the course

Requirements for earning the LDCP certificate

The LDCP is organized on a pass (satisfactory)/no pass (unsatisfactory) basis. To pass, participants must complete all of the following requirements:

  • Prior to the course, complete the precourse participant survey (10%)
  • During the course:
    • Participate actively in the online discussions each week (40%)
    • Complete all assignments when they are due at the end of each week (40%)
  • At the end of the course (due within 1 week after the last day of the course), complete the LDCP evaluation form, which includes an opportunity to reflect on what you learned during the 4-week program (10%)

Time Commitment

The course requires approximately 10 hours of participation/learning time per week. That time may vary depending on the participant’s familiarity with leadership issues.

All discussions and course activities are done asynchronously: you can access the program resources, participate in the discussions, and do any required tasks at a time convenient for you.


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Technology Requirements
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Registration fee:

  • TESOL Global Professional or Student Members: Free (Registration Required)
  • All Other TESOL Members: $50 

Space for the 2014 LDCP is limited to 50 registrants.

More About the Instructors

Neil Anderson is a professor of linguistics and English language at Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, USA. Professor Anderson has taught and presented papers and workshops in over 40 countries. His research interests include second language reading, language learner strategies, learner self-assessment, motivation in language teaching and learning, and ELT leadership development. Professor Anderson served as President of TESOL International Association 2001–2002. He was also a member of the Board of Trustees of The International Research Foundation (TIRF) 2002–2008, serving as the President of the Board 2004–2006. He has been a Fulbright Teaching and Research Scholar in Costa Rica (2002–2003) and in Guatemala (2009–2010).

Mark Algren has been an ESL/EFL teacher and program administrator since 1979, spending 14 years teaching in and directing intensive English programs in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, and teaching for a year in Hong Kong.  He has taught at the Applied English Center at the University of Kansas, USA, since 1993, and became director in 2010.  He has been active in TESOL International Association as a presenter at conferences, author, and member of interest sections, standing committees, and the Board of Directors (including convention chair for TESOL 2003—Baltimore).  Algren was TESOL International Association President 2009–2010.  With a strong interest in professionalism, standards, and accreditation, he has served on the TESOL Professional Development Committee and on a task force to develop the self-study guide for international review for Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA) and is a program site reviewer for CEA.

Sandy Briggs has been active in TESOL International Association for many years. She served as an interest section newsletter editor and chair, a standing committee member, chair of the Nominating Committee, and chair of the Task Force on Reconfiguring the TESOL Board of Directors. She served on the Board of Directors 1997–2000 and 2006–2009. She was TESOL President 2007–2008. During her career she has been a language instructor, materials developer, and teacher trainer. She is the author and co-author of a number of ESL/EFL texts. She lives in San Francisco, California, USA.