The undergraduate minor in TESOL is especially suited to students majoring in English, Spanish, or liberal studies (education), but is open to all students. Students who complete the minor will receive an undergraduate TESOL Certificate, and those who choose the option to take the graduate-level course TESL 557 will have completed the requirements for the graduate TEFL Certificate, which they may choose to receive in place of the undergraduate TESOL Certificate.

The TESOL minor:

  • Prepares students to teach English as a second language in public adult schools, private language schools, and developing countries.

  • Prepares students for service in the U.S. among refugees, immigrants, and international students, and also for mission opportunities abroad.

  • Prepares students to pursue graduate studies in TESOL or applied linguistics. TESOL minors who pursue graduate studies in TESOL at APU will already have completed at least one of the required courses for the M.A. in TESOL.

  • Enhances students’ prospects for employment or acceptance to a graduate program, including their chances of obtaining a teaching assistantship at a university. In particular, students with the minor are prepared for the California Designated Subject (ESL) Adult Education Teaching Credential.

  • Facilitates the development of public speaking and general classroom management skills.


ENGL 402Principles of Language3
ENGL 404Approaches to Grammar3
ENGL 406Writing 3: Advanced Composition 13
TESL 545Second-language Pedagogy I 23
Select one of the following:3
Teaching Practicum
Reflective Teaching 2
Select one of the following:3
Social and Psychological Aspects of Language
Second-language Acquisition 2
Select one of the following:3
American English Language History
Intercultural Communication 3
Total Units21

Additional Requirements

  1. Approval must be obtained from the department chair of the student’s major in order to take the following graduate-level courses. 
    TESL 505Second-language Acquisition3
    TESL 545Second-language Pedagogy I3
    TESL 557Reflective Teaching3
  2. Students must achieve at least a 2.0 grade-point average in the seven courses.

  3. Students intending to obtain a Designated Subject Adult Education Teaching Credential should also enroll in POLI 150 American Government.