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Noncredit English as a Second Language (NCE)

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Non-Credit ESL Program

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. The accelerated program in Fall 19 for the 910 level meets Monday through Thursday.

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 a few 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 on the My Mission Portal. 

  5. If the semester has already started, please wait until the first week of the next month. Then you may go to the class you want to attend and ask to add. 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.

Class Schedule

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

Course Placement

Noncredit ESL students are not required to take the college ESL placement test, but it is recommended. 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.


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.


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

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: When do the classes start and end?
A:  We follow the regular Mission College calendar. 

Q:  What documents are required? What if I have a visa?
A:  Noncredit ESL classes are designed for California residents.  Visa holders should contact the International Student Office for questions about which visas allow college study.

Q:  Do I need to attend the college orientation?
A:  No. It is not required for noncredit ESL students. 

Q:  I can't attend every class because of my job. Is that OK?
A:  Students need to plan to attend every class meeting. If you need to be absent on some days, please inform the teacher. However, if you need to be absent regularly, we suggest you find a different class time that will work better with your schedule.

Q:  I am not a beginning learner of English. I've taken a lot of English classes in the past.  Can I take the noncredit ESL classes?
A:  Students may enroll in any class they desire to take. However, the class textbook, homework, and topics will stay at the beginning level. Most students with higher skills usually decide to take credit ESL in order to reach their personal and/or academic goals faster.

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.  

Type of ESL Programs

  • Improve your English skills to earn a certificate, degree, or transfer to a four-year college.
  • For high-beginning to advanced students in an academic setting.
  • Improve your English skills to get a better job.
  • Communicate more successfully in English in your everyday life.
  • Find out more about our Credit ESL program
  • Begin learning English right away.
  • Improve your English and later enroll in Credit ESL.
  • Improve your English to get a job or a better job.
  • Communicate better in English in everyday life.
  • Find out more about our Non-Credit ESL program