Certificate in TESOL (Field-Based)

APU’s M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages prepares students to teach English to nonnative speakers in U.S.-based institutions and around the globe.

Each course in the field-based Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) certificate program is composed of three 1-unit courses to be taken in sequential order—A, B, and C. These course groupings are interchangeable with the corresponding 3-unit TESOL courses in the on-campus and online formats.

The TESOL certificate program prepares postbaccalaureate students who desire specialized skills in TESOL but do not wish to pursue the full graduate degree (Master of Arts in TESOL). The six-course certificate offers broad exposure to the field of TESOL, focusing on the teaching of speaking, listening, reading, writing, and grammar skills, along with an overview of language learning and intercultural communication. Certificate holders are qualified for volunteer and entry-level English language teaching positions, domestically and globally. Ideal for supplementing and enhancing traditional ministry (e.g., translation, literacy, and friendship evangelism) within multicultural or cross-cultural environments, the TESOL certificate program incorporates coursework that will apply toward the MA in TESOL for those who subsequently choose to pursue the master’s degree.


TESL 505ASecond-language Acquisition: Part I1
TESL 505BSecond-language Acquisition: Part II1
TESL 505CSecond-language Acquisition: Part III1
TESL 515ATeaching English Grammar: Part I1
TESL 515BTeaching English Grammar: Part II1
TESL 515CTeaching English Grammar: Part III1
Select either the TESL 530A/B/C or TESL 535A/B/C group 13
Intercultural Communication and Language Teaching: Preparing an Ethnographic Inquiry
Intercultural Communication and Language Teaching: Implementing an Ethnographic Inquiry
Intercultural Communication and Language Teaching: Writing up and Reporting an Ethnographic Inquiry
Sociolinguistics and Language Teaching: Part I
Sociolinguistics and Language Teaching: Part II
Sociolinguistics and Language Teaching: Part III
TESL 545ASecond-language Pedagogy I: Part I1
TESL 545BSecond-language Pedagogy I: Part II1
TESL 545CSecond-language Pedagogy I: Part III1
TESL 550ASecond-language Pedagogy II: Part I1
TESL 550BSecond-language Pedagogy II: Part II1
TESL 550CSecond-language Pedagogy II: Part III1
TESL 557AReflective Teaching: Part I 21
TESL 557BReflective Teaching: Part II 21
TESL 557CReflective Teaching: Part III 21
Total Units18

Students opting for TESL 530 need to take the course online or on campus.


TESL 557 is an online course. In lieu of face-to-face instruction, students engage in weekly online interaction with their peers and instructor for four months.


University graduate admission and program-specific requirements must be met before an application is complete (see Admission to the University). Program-specific application requirements are available online.

International students should contact Graduate and Professional Admissions for application procedures.