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Certificate Programs

Graduate Certificate Program in English as a Second or Foreign Language

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 teach ESL in a community college or university, and (b) students who plan to teach EFL abroad. A total of 24 units is required.

Certificate for Teachers of English Learners

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. A total of 12 units is required.

Admission Requirements if you are not a Current Cal State LA Student:

  • Applicants must possess a 2.75 grade point average in the last 90 quarter units attempted and must meet all university requirements for admission to graduate study. 

  • For international students:  Applicants should apply for admission through the College of Extended Studies and International Programs. A score of 79 or above on the TOEFL IBT (or equivalent) is required. 

  • All matriculated students must pass the WPE (UNIV 400) within two quarters of admission and maintain a “B” (3.0) grade point average for completion of the program.