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Certificate in TESOL (on campus and online)

Study Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages at Azusa Pacific University

You’ll be prepared to gain entry-level English language teaching positions stateside and abroad with a graduate-level Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). You’ll gain skills ideal for enhancing teaching and ministry within multicultural or cross-cultural environments, including teaching reading, grammar, and intercultural communication. We make it possible to complete your certificate anywhere in the world with the choice between an online program or in-person at our Azusa campus.

Program at a Glance

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences offers diverse well-rounded degree programs to prepare critical thinkers to make a difference in the world for Christ.

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Application Deadline

  • We have rolling admissions, but you should allow at least one month for your application to be processed from the time that all materials are received. For fall admission, all materials should be received by the end of July. For spring admission, all materials should be received by the end of December. 

Program Units
18

Cost per unit (on campus and online):
$596

Base Cost
$10,728*

Location

  • Azusa (Main Campus), Online
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Gain Hands-on Experience

  • Combine compassionate Christian service with academic preparation for language teaching. 
  • Learn about language and intercultural communication.
  • Focus on teaching speaking, listening, reading, writing, and grammar skills.

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Program Details

The on-campus and online certificate program in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) prepares post baccalaureate students who desire specialized skills in TESOL. The TESOL Certificate can be applied to the MA TESOL degree. 

Browse the tabs below—if you have questions, visit the Student Services Center page, and we’ll make sure you get the info you need.

Admission Requirements—Domestic Applicants

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

Applicants must possess:

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university. 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 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants with a GPA between 2.5-2.99 may be considered for provisional admission.
  • A TOEFL score of 600 or above, for 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:

  • Graduate application for admission
  • $45 nonrefundable application fee
  • Official transcripts from all institutions leading to and awarding the applicant’s bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution and all postbaccalaureate study


    An official transcript is one that Azusa Pacific University receives unopened in an envelope sealed by the former institution and that bears the official seal of the college or university. A cumulative minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade-point average on the posted degree is required for regular admission status. Provisional admittance may be granted to individuals with a lower GPA if competency can be shown through multiple measures.
  • Statement of purpose describing educational and professional goals, including reasons for studying TESOL at APU
  • Résumé or statement of experience
  • Two letters of recommendation. At least one recommendation should be from a professor or teacher acquainted with the applicant’s academic work.
  • TOEFL scores for nonnative speakers of English. Request official TOEFL scores be sent directly to Azusa Pacific University.

Admission Requirements—International Applicants

Azusa Pacific University is authorized under federal law by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services and the U.S. Department of State to enroll nonimmigrant, alien undergraduate and graduate students. APU issues and administers both the I-20 and DS 2019 (F-1 and J-1 status documents respectively).

To apply for a graduate program at APU, the following requirements must be fulfilled in addition to meeting the domestic applicant and program-specific admission requirements specified above.

International applicants must also:

  • Demonstrate proficiency in English through a placement test with the Academic Success Center, or through a TOEFL/IELTS score that meets program-specific requirements. Refer to APU’s English proficiency requirements to learn more. Request that official test scores be sent to APU. All other forms of proof indicated in the English proficiency requirements must be submitted directly to International Services.
  • Provide a Graduate Affidavit of Financial Support (PDF) and a bank statement from within the last six months proving financial ability to pay for education costs through personal, family, or sponsor resources.
  • Submit a copy of a valid passport showing biographical data, including your name, country of citizenship, date of birth, and other legal information.
  • Get foreign transcripts evaluated. International credentials (transcripts, certificates, diplomas, and degrees) must be evaluated by a foreign transcript evaluation agency. View our policy and a list of approved Foreign Transcript Evaluation Agencies.

Send official transcripts to:

Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions
Azusa Pacific University
PO Box 7000
Azusa, CA 91702-7000
[email protected]

What to Expect

After all admission materials have been received by the Student Services Center, the faculty or department chair reviews the applicant’s file. The applicant is notified in writing of the admission decision.

Cost Estimate Breakdown

On Campus and Online TESOL Certificate

See the table below for the tuition charges and fees that comprise your estimated total program cost for the on campus or online TESOL certification. Prices are subject to change without notice.

Tuition and Fees
  Cost
Graduate Application Fee for U.S. Students $45
Graduate Application Fee for International Students $45
Tuition ($596/unit) $10,728
Textbooks (approximately $100/course) $600
Intent to Commence and/or Graduate Fee $100
Graduation
  Cost
Intent to Commence and/or Graduate Fee $100

View a complete list of university fees for graduate programs.

All stated financial information is subject to change. Contact the Student Services Center at (626) 815-2020 for more information.

Financial Aid

Several types of financial aid are available to graduate students. The resources range from federal loans and state grants to, for some graduate programs, fellowships and scholarships. For details about financial aid available for your program, please contact the Student Services Center at (626) 815-2020.

Military Benefits

Military members—and in some cases their spouses and dependents—qualify for financial assistance covering tuition, housing, and books. Azusa Pacific is a Yellow Ribbon University and Military Friendly School, so you can be confident that you’ll receive the benefits and flexibility you need to complete your education.

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Alumni Tuition Discounts

APU’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) offers an alumni tuition discount for APU alumni starting in the following graduate programs:

Students must be in good academic standing and maintain satisfactory academic progress with a minimum cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0. Students must be enrolled at least half-time. If qualifications are met, the discount may be renewed each term. APU will pay $500 per term (up to $2,000 over the course of the program). This discount cannot be combined with other institutional aid. Contact Student Financial Services for complete eligibility details.

Note: Award and eligibility are applicable for the 2022-23 academic year and apply to students admitted beginning fall 2020. The discount is subject to change.

TeachBeyond Employee Tuition Discount

APU’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences offers a 15 percent tuition discount (savings of over $2,700) to employees of TeachBeyond for the following online or on-campus programs:

Students fill out the MOU Discount Form and provide proof of employment every year of enrollment. Contact Student Financial Services for complete eligibility details.

Additionally, TESOL programs are also available to TeachBeyond employees at an already-discounted tuition rate.

To view specific requirements and coursework information, visit the current academic catalog:


What are the prerequisites for the program?

Admission to the TESOL certification program requires a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution and a minimum undergraduate grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. No prerequisite courses must be completed, but 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.

What is the language requirement for international students?

Nonnative speakers of English must score 600 or above on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or at least 250 on the computer-based TOEFL or 150 on the IBT, and must also pass a test of written English. Applicants who score between 550 and 599 (213-249 on the computer-based TOEFL; 79-99 on the IBT) may be admitted as conditional students, but they will be required to enroll in TESL 500 English for Internationals during their first semester of graduate work, and may enroll in only two regular graduate courses during that semester.

Is the GRE required or recommended for admission?

No.

What are the application deadlines?

We have rolling admissions, but you should allow at least one month for your application to be processed from the time that all materials are received, including three recommendations. All materials should be received by the end of July for fall admission and by the end of December for spring admission. International applicants should contact the International Center for current deadlines.

If you have questions, we’re here to help! Connect with a representative who can walk you through the program details and application process.

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Additional Program Contacts

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Phone

(626) 815-6000, Ext. 3500

Mail

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Azusa Pacific University
PO Box 7000
Azusa, CA 91702-7000

Student Services Center

Contact (626) 812-3016 or [email protected], and visit apu.edu/ssc for details on the admissions process, financial aid, and class registration.

International Services

International students should contact +1-626-812-3055 or [email protected], and visit apu.edu/international/.

Azusa Pacific University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).

Featured Faculty

Tasha Bleistein

Tasha Bleistein

Interim Associate Dean; Director, Online TESOL Programs; Professor, Department of Sociology, TESOL, and Modern Languages

Mary Shepard Wong

Mary Shepard Wong

Director, Field-based TESOL Programs; Professor, Department of Sociology, TESOL, and Modern Languages; Fulbright Program Advisor

Career Outlooks and Outcomes

Mary sitting with Vietnamese lady

Mary Wong Teaches Translanguaging in Vietnam

Mary Shepard Wong, PhD, director of APU’s field-based TESOL programs, recently traveled to five cities across Vietnam over three weeks to co-lead four workshops on translanguaging/ 

Note: This information is current for the 2023-24 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.
 
*Base Cost (cost per unit x program units) is provided to aid in program comparison only.
All stated financial information is subject to change. View Tuition tab above.

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