MA in Language Teaching

TESOL Certificate Program

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

Program Information

This 18-unit program prepares professionals with various backgrounds to teach English to speakers of other languages. Graduate TESOL certificates are recognized around the world as advanced level professional preparation in the field. There is a global demand for certified instructors and teachers, as 1.6 billion people speak English as a first, second, or third language.

The Graduate TESOL Certificate is earned as part of students' work in the MA program in Teaching International Languages. But the certificate program is also well suited for: students interested in expanding the professional applications of other degrees and credentials by preparing for positions teaching English in the US and abroad; international students interested in teaching English as a Foreign Language in other countries; foreign/second language teachers at the secondary level; individuals who already hold graduate degrees but seek specialized professional preparation in the field; individuals pursuing a Designated Subjects Adult Education Credential (Academic Subject: English as a Second Language); and individuals in related business enterprises (e.g., language institutes, English training in commercial settings).

Required Courses (18 units)

Students take six required courses:

EDSL 610 Foreign/Second Language Teaching Methodology for Beginning Learners (3 units)

EDSL 620 Second/Foreign Language Teaching Methodology for Intermediate Learners (3 units)

EDSL 630 Teaching Second Language Writing (3 units)

EDSL 633 Foreign/Second Language Teaching: The Cultural Dimension (3 units)

EDSL 635 Current Research and Developments in Foreign/Second Language Education (3 units)

EDSL 689 Internship (3 units)


Apply for the Graduate TESOL Certificate through CalStateApply.