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Graduate Certificate in TESOL Requirements

Admission 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.

Program Requirements

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.

Application Deadline

The College of Arts and Sciences use a rolling admissions process and applications are accepted at all times.

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