Graduate Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Certificate Program
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Admission Requirements

The following are admission requirements for the Graduate TESOL program:

  • An acceptable baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution or its equivalent approved by the Graduate and International Programs office
  • Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Methods that meet the English language proficiency requirement:

    1. TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Scores more than two years old are not acceptable. A minimum score of 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based), or 80 (internet-based) are required. (Chico’s institution code is 4048. More information
    2. Students who have completed at least three years in a degree program at a postsecondary educational institution in Australia, Great Britain, Anglophone Canada, Ireland, New Zealand or the United States.
    3. IELTS (International English Language Testing System) band 6.5 is required. More information

  • Grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 in last 60 units or last two years of undergraduate study. (Students with a GPA between 2.5 and 3.0 may be admitted as conditionally classified.)
  • Statement of purpose
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Application to CSU Mentor and admission to postbaccalaureate status.
  • Approval by the TESOL program coordinator.

The GRE is not required, and there are no course prerequisites. Students may apply concurrently for admission to the MA in Teaching in International Languages. Admission to the Graduate TESOL Certificate Program does not necessarily qualify students for admission to Teaching International Languages or any other graduate program. Upon admission, students may apply course work in the TESOL Certificate toward the MA in Teaching International Languages, consistent with program and university policies and procedures. International students who qualify for conditional admission may attend the American Language and Culture Institute to further develop their English proficiency prior to beginning the program.

Estimated cost: $23,000 per year, including registration and tuition fees, estimated living costs, required health insurance, and books and supplies.