Graduate Certificate Program in English as a Second or Foreign Language
This postbaccalaureate credit certificate program is designed to prepare students to teach English as a second language (ESL) in post-secondary settings in the U.S. or to teach English as a foreign language (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.
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 4000) within two quarters of admission and maintain a “B” (3.0) grade point average for completion of the program.