Noncredit English as a Second Language (NCE)


Noncredit ESL is for beginning level learners of English.Our classes are offered two days per week (Mondays and Wednesdays or Tuesdays and Thursdays), in the mornings and evenings. During class time, students practice all skill areas: listening, speaking, grammar, writing, vocabulary, and reading. Please note: students who are at the high-beginning or above levels of English should enroll in the ESL credit program. 

How to Enroll
  1. Complete an application to Mission College. You can do it online, or get help in person at the Welcome Center in SEC 105.

  2. Look for your Student ID Number in your email 1-2 days after submitting your application

  3. Select the class(es) you would like to attend

  4. If the semester has not started, you may register online immediately using the MC Portal at

  5. If the semester has already started, go to the class you want to attend. If there is space for more students in the class, the instructor will give you an add code (4-digit number). We don’t recommend that students try to add after week seven. 

Course Placement

Noncredit ESL students are not required to take the college ESL placement test. We have two levels for beginners 910A-B and 920 A-B. The 920 level is slightly more advanced than the 910 level. Students may select the class they think will best fit their needs. The course teacher can recommend that a student move to a higher or lower level class if needed. 


Noncredit courses are free. There is no tuition cost. Students will need to purchase class textbooks, supplies, and any other materials they will need to succeed in class. 

Financial Aid

There is no financial aid available for noncredit textbooks or supplies. 


We take attendance in class every day. Students must plan to attend all of the class meetings for the semester. Coming to every class, participating in class activities, and practicing outside of class are all important for successful learning. 

Grades & Transfer Credit

You will not receive a grade for noncredit courses.These courses do not appear on a transcript or transfer to another school. 

Class Schedule

The noncredit ESL class schedule for the current semester is located at ESL Noncredit Courses.


The College Bookstore is located on the first floor of the Campus Center building. You can purchase all the books and materials you need for class here, as well as snacks and drinks. Hours for the bookstore are located on their website at 


Students need to purchase a parking permit in order to park in any campus parking lot. You can purchase the parking permit online at  You can also get one in person at the Admissions & Records window in the Student Engagement Center. 

Help with Homework

The Tutoring Center is located on the first floor of the Student Engagement Center, in room 154. Students may get help from trained peer tutors during day and evening hours. The current tutoring schedule is located on the website at ttp://


For more information please contact: 

Amelia Akers-Martín

Noncredit ESL Program Coordinator


(408) 855-5092