TESOL Program

TESOL Programs 

Here's What our Graduates Say...

"The TESOL program at CSULA provided me with researched-based methodologies and techniques that have enhanced my classroom teaching and given me the confidence to teach a wide range of ESL courses at the adult level."

Kathy Gardner, ESL Instructor, 
​American Culture and Language program , UCLA


Description of the TESOL Programs

We offer three TESOL programs:

The MA in TESOL prepares teachers for a wide variety of positions both in the U.S. and abroad. The program empahsizes language acquisition, teaching methodology, language testing, research, and sociocultural influences on English language learning. The Graduate Certificate Program in ESL/EFL is designed to prepare students to teach ESL in post-secondary settings in the U.S. or to teach EFL abroad. Specifically, the program is designed for (A) students who hold a master’s degree in a discipline other than ESL or applied linguistics and wish to be certified to teach ESL in a community college or university and (B) students who plan to teach EFL abroad. The post-baccalaureate Certificate for Teachers of English Learners provides added professional preparation and training in ESL/EFL for teachers of all educational levels. Coursework is required in theories of second language acquisition, instructional methodology, and English for academic purposes along with an elective course in pedagogical grammar or materials and curriculum design.

Admission Requirements and Prerequisites

  • Prospective students must gain admission to the university. Apply online at www.csumentor.edu.
  • In addition to university requirements for admission to graduate study, the TESOL Program requires that applicants (a) have a 2.75 grade point average for the last 90 quarter units attempted, (b) have completed the CSULA course TESOL 400 (Linguistics in Education or ENGL 401 (English Literature in America) or an equivalent Introduction to Linguistics course. 
  • Non-native speakers of English (regardless of citizenship) who have not been in an undergraduate program in English must obtain a score of 100 on the TOEFL IBT or 7.5 on the IELTS.  If your TOEFL score is below 100 or 7.5,  consider taking some of the courses offered at the English Language Program at CSULA. For information in these courses, please go to the English Language Program website.
  • If accepted, prospective students must submit a formal application to the Charter College of Education and consult a faculty advisor. Call (323)343-4330 for further information.
  • Students can be admitted on a conditional basis.

popup icon Requirements for the Masters Degree (45 units) 

Graduate Certificate Program in ESL/EFL

This program is designed to prepare students to teach ESL in post-secondary settings in the U.S. or to teach EFL abroad. Specifically, the program is designed for (A) students who hold a master’s degree in a discipline other than ESL or applied linguistics and wish to be certified to teach ESL in a community college or university and (B) students who plan to teach EFL abroad.

Requirements for the Certificate (minimum 32 units)

In addition to course requirements, a passing grade for UNIV 400, Writing Proficiency Examination (WPE), is required for issuance of the certificate. A minimum B (3.0) grade point average is required in all course work on the program. Refer to the Graduate  and Postbaccalaureate Study chapter of this catalog for general regulations governing all certificate programs.

Required Courses (32 units):TESL 400, Linguistics in Education (4) or ENGL 401, English Language in America (4); EDCI 453 Teaching in Bilingual/Crosscultural Schools; (4) EDCI 549 Developing English Reading/Language Arts Skills for Bilingual/Crosscultural Individuals; (4) TESL 562, Methods for Teaching Second Languages  (4),TESL 560 Theories of Teaching and Learning Second Languages (4); 567A Language Testing (4);TESL 575, EFL/ESL Reading/Writing Connections;TESL 568 Field Work in English as a Second Language. (4) Optional Electives (select with advisor consultation): ,TESL 566, 569, 570, 571, 572, 573AB, TESL 565 EDSP 408.

Certificate for Teachers of English Learners

This program provides added professional preparation and training in ESL/EFL for teachers of all educational levels.

Requirements for the Certificate (minimum 12 units)

In addition to course requirements, a passing grade for UNIV 400, Writing Proficiency Examination (WPE), is required for issuance of the certificate. A minimum B (3.0) grade point average is required in all course work on the program. Refer to the Graduate  and Postbaccalaureate Study chapter of this catalog for general regulations governing all certificate programs.

Required Courses (12 units): TESL 560, Theories of Teaching and Learning Second Languages (4); TESL 562, Methods for Teaching Second Languages (4); TESL 564, Teaching English as a Second Language for Academic Purposes (4). Optional Electives (select with advisor consultation): TESL 561, TESL 572.

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