Domestic Applicants

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While no prerequisite courses must be completed for the TEFL certification, courses in English and linguistics are recommended. Before graduating, however, you will need to have completed the equivalent of six semester units of college-level foreign language with a grade of B or better. This requirement may be satisfied by language courses taken within 10 years prior to beginning your program at APU.

Admission Requirements – Domestic Applicants

The university graduate and program admission requirements below must be met before an application is considered complete.

International students have a separate application procedure that precedes the standard admission process. View international requirements.

Applicants must possess:

  • A bachelor’s degree
    A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university is required. (Applicants for the TESOL programs are not required to have undergraduate majors in fields such as English, linguistics, or education; however a strong background in one of these is recommended.)
  • A minimum 3.0 GPA
    A 3.0 baccalaureate or master’s grade-point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale is required. [Applicants with a GPA between 2.5-2.99 may be considered for provisional admission.]
  • A TOEFL score of 600 or above (nonnative speakers only)
    Nonnative speakers of English must score 600 or above on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), at least 250 on the computer-based TOEFL or 100 on the IBT, and must pass a test of written English. Applicants who score between 550 and 600 (213-249 on the computer-based TOEFL; 79-99 on the IBT) may be granted conditional admission, but will be required to complete TESL 500 English for Internationals (3 units) during their first semester of graduate work.

Applicants must submit:

  • A Graduate Application (Apply Online | Download PDF)
  • $45 nonrefundable application fee
  • Official transcripts
    Request that official transcripts be sent to APU’s Graduate and Professional Center for all degrees, certificates, and credentials earned prior to application to APU. Learn more about APU’s domestic applicant transcript policy.
  • A statement of purpose
    Submit a written statement describing educational and professional goals, including reasons for studying TESOL at APU.
  • A résumé or statement of experience (Download PDF)
  • Three letters of recommendation (Download PDF)
    At least one recommendation should be from a professor or teacher acquainted with the applicant’s academic work.
  • TOEFL scores (nonnative speakers only)
    For nonnative speakers of English: Request official TOEFL scores to be sent directly to Azusa Pacific University

Send all materials to:

Graduate and Professional Center
Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions
Azusa Pacific University
PO Box 7000
Azusa, CA 91702-7000

(626) 815-4570
Fax: (626) 815-4545

What to Expect

Once all admission materials have been received by the appropriate office, Graduate and Professional Admissions and TESOL faculty review the applicant’s file. The applicant is then notified of the committee’s decision.

Note: This information is current for the 2017-18 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.