Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language

Certificates may be earned by regularly matriculated or extended learning students and denote successful completion of a prescribed program of study designed to:

  1. impart specified professional/vocational/career competencies; or
  2. produce mastery of the content of a sub-field of an academic major (discipline); or
  3. provide exposure to the range of materials in a traditional or emerging interdisciplinary field.

Certain certificate programs contain 6000-level courses as requirements and/or electives. These 6000-level courses may not be taken by undergraduate students. Candidates must receive two-thirds of their certificate-applicable credit from the university. The transferring of credit or the substitution of courses may occur only after application to the appropriate campus authority.

The Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language allows students to gain expertise in this area of teaching and is often a necessary qualification for teaching English as a foreign language overseas and for teaching English as a second language in intensive language programs in the United States.  

Students need a minimum GPA of 3.0 in upper division undergraduate coursework to be admitted to the certificate.


Certificate Requirements (18 units)

ENG 3110Introduction to Linguistics3
ENG 3220English Grammar 3
ENG 6260TESL Methods3
Three units chosen from:3
Phonetics and Phonology
Discourse, Cognition, and Society
Three units chosen from:3
Grammar and Discourse
Studies in Language and Linguistics
Special Topics in Applied Linguistics & TESL
Three units chosen from:3
Second Language Acquisition
Multilingualism and Second Language Acquisition
Total Units18