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APU offers the Certificate in TESOL Program in two distinct formats: on campus and field based. The on-campus program maintains an international focus with about half of the students coming from abroad to take classes on the Azusa campus. The field-based program is tailored to meet the needs of Christian professionals teaching abroad. Full-time teachers working outside the United States complete their degree by taking courses in an intensive, one-week format.

APU's TESOL programs blend compassionate Christian service with strong academic preparation and practical training in language teaching. Project-based coursework engages the student in a variety of practical tasks, allowing students to:

Learning in the Field

Field-based program candidates must be admitted to APU and have secured a teaching contract abroad, either on their own or through a sending agency such as English Language Institute/China (ELIC), Educational Services International (ESI) or Educational Resources and Referrals - China (ERRC).

Teachers demonstrate their competence through successful completion of field-related projects developed in their courses in lieu of writing a thesis or taking a comprehensive exam. Courses are offered in an "intensive" one-week format with additional reading and writing assignments completed over the next six months.

Service Opportunity

The growth of the use of the English language worldwide presents English teachers with unprecedented opportunities for intercultural service.

*David Crystal. English as a Global Language. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997.

Career Opportunities

Opportunities for teaching English can be found both within and outside the U.S., in both private and public sectors. In the U.S., ESL teachers work with newcomers at all levels of the education system as well as in community or church-based programs; they also work with international students in higher education settings. However, schools prefer to hire trained professionals. While teachers with minimal training are hired for many classroom-teaching positions, those with graduate degrees hold an advantage and command higher salaries. In addition to teaching posts, they are considered for jobs in teacher training, curriculum and materials development, and program administration.

Why Study TESOL at APU?

Housing Options

While taking summer classes in Azusa, California, teachers will be living in the dorms with other colleagues enrolled in the program. The current location in Asia is the International Hotel in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Note: This information is current for the 2013-14 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.