Certificate in TESOL (On Campus and Online)

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.

18 units

The on-campus and online certificate program in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) 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 teaching 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 within multicultural or cross-cultural environments or for those working with language learners who want to expand their knowledge base, 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.


Required Courses
TESL 505Second-language Acquisition3
TESL 515Teaching English Grammar3
TESL 545Second-language Pedagogy I3
TESL 550Second-language Pedagogy II3
TESL 557Reflective Teaching3
Select one of the following:3
Intercultural Communication and Language Teaching
Sociolinguistics and Language Teaching
Total Units18


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.