Graduate Certificate in TESOL Requirements
No previous training in linguistics is required for admission. However, a background in a second language is recommended. The Graduate Certificate in TESOL Program is open to non-degree students who have achieved at least a bachelor’s degree, current AU graduate students, and AU undergraduate students with junior level standing. All applicants must have a 3.00 GPA on previous undergraduate or graduate level coursework.
International students must demonstrate competence in English, equivalent to a score of 600 or higher on the paper-based TOEFL or 100 on the Internet-based TOEFL. Also, due to changes in USCIS policy, applicants to the Graduate Certificate in TESOL Program (like students applying to master's programs) must provide a statement of motivation. The statement of motivation is generally two to three pages in length. In addition, in order for AU to issue international students an I-20 form, the students need to supply the following: a completed Personal Immigration Information Request Form (PIIRF) and financial documents demonstrating availability of funds for at least one year of study (equal to $44,000).
In some cases, we may request that applicants furnish some additional information, including a statement of motivation and one recommendation letter.
There is a $50 online application fee, paid by either check or cash. Current AU students can have the application fee waived.
For information on how to apply, visit the graduate admissions Web site.
A total of 15 credit hours are required. There are three core courses:
TESL-500 Principles of Linguistics
TESL-501 English Language Teaching I
TESL-502 English Language Teaching II
Students must also complete six credits of approved elective courses. To remain in good standing, students need to maintain a grade point average of B (3.0) or better.