English Language Training Certificate Program

For Azerbaijani Teachers at NC State University

North Carolina State University is pleased to offer a U.S. Department of State-supported Teacher Training Program aimed at helping advance Azerbaijan’s goal of improving English-language fluency at all levels of education. 

In partnership with the NC State University Department for Foreign Languages and Literatures, the Global Training Initiative will provide a unique professional development opportunity for 100 Azerbaijani English teachers in 2021. This program is fully funded by the U.S. Embassy in Azerbaijan. There is no cost to apply or participate in this program. The program’s structure and schedule have been developed for working English/EFL teachers who have families and careers that may not permit them to engage in full-time study or overseas study. The 100 teachers that complete this program will emerge with greater knowledge, skills, confidence, tools, and credentials to be more effective EFL teachers in their communities.

Program Structure and Overview

Spring 2021 – [Online Certificate Course] Dr. Jillian S. Haeseler, Director of English as a Second Language program at NC State University, will lead a team of experienced EFL teacher trainers in a fourteen week professional development training program for teachers of English in Azerbaijan. The program will begin January 11, 2021.

Participants should commit 8-10 hours of study and coursework each week, including 2-hour evening classes twice per week:

  • Asynchronous online materials to be completed independently prior to Monday evening lecture
  • 2 hours of synchronous Lecture with Dr. Jillian Haeseler
  • 2 hours of a synchronous Practicum section with an EFL specialist

Fall 2021 – [Across Azerbaijan] All participants will prepare an implementation report to demonstrate application of the concepts, skills, and knowledge they learned during the professional development program.

ESL at NC State University

Dr. Jillian Haeseler will serve as the Academic Program Coordinator and primary instructor. She has many years of experience teaching ESL/EFL in the USA and abroad and has administrative experience managing ESL programs and ESL teacher training programs. She is currently the Director of English as a Second Language in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature at NC State University and continues her teaching, administrative, and scholarly research duties with great success. Professor Haeseler is a two time Fulbright recipient where she provided consulting to EFL programs abroad and is a Fulbright Specialist who does consulting and training overseas in the EFL field.

NC State University has a long and successful history of providing both ESL/EFL programs to students and in-service teachers.

Learn more about EFL at NC State on our website.

The Global Training Initiative at NC State University will provide the overall infrastructure and support to the program including further program development, program and budget particulars, the online learning platform and management system, registration and certification, financial and travel arrangements, etc. The GTI has developed and delivered more than 125 student, teacher, and professional group training programs with more than 10,000 participants over the past dozen years. Learn more about our programs by visiting the GTI homepage.

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Applicant Qualifications

Applicants must:

  • Be current secondary school-level, full-time teachers of English as a Foreign Language (EFL);
  • Have earned a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent;
  • Be within their first ten years of full-time teaching by the start of the program;
  • Reside in Azerbaijan at the time of application and of program participation;
  • Earn a minimum score of 450 on the paper based TOEFL or an equivalent English language examination;
  • Demonstrate a commitment to continue teaching after completion of the program; and
  • Have submitted a complete application.

This course is based on post-graduate level training curricula at a major US university with accommodation for in-service teachers who may not quite be fluent in English. There will be reading, homework assignments, personal research, small group discussion in English, and weekly practice of applications throughout the program. Students who engage in class and fulfill the course requirements will receive a Professional Certificate from NC State University. Some participants who successfully complete the program will be invited to participate in an On-Site (Baku) Coaching and Train-the-Trainer Clinic later in July and will receive an additional Coaching Certificate. 


Current EFL teachers in Azerbaijan are invited to apply to the program by November 30, 2020 below (please note: you must scroll within this box to submit all application questions). Please direct application questions to Amanda Baker (abaker7@ncsu.edu).