In cooperation with the Department of English and the Linguistics
Program, the Department of Modern Languages & Literatures
offers a Certificate Program for Teachers of English to
Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). The program is designed
to meet the needs of those students who are now or will
be teaching classes in English as a Second Language. These
classes may be in the U.S. or in foreign countries. Course
work completed for the Certificate may be transferred to
the Master’s degree.
The typical candidate for the Certificate would normally
fall into one or more of the following categories:
American students who wish to teach English as a foreign
language abroad or English as a second language in specified
private and public adult school settings in the U.S.
American teachers who already have a Master’s
degree and want to enhance their teaching opportunities
at the college level.
International students who wish to obtain a specialization
and then return to their own countries to teach English
as a foreign language.
Students who are obtaining a teaching credential in
a major in a related field, but who wish to demonstrate
additional competencies for a teaching career.
Teachers who are already assigned to teach English
as a second language but have not had sufficient background
An assigned TESOL adviser provides academic and career
advisement. Advisement takes place during the instructor's
office hours. All students must meet with the adviser within
the first semester of graduate course work to develop the
Students who wish to begin work in the department’s
Certificate program need to apply for admission within the
appropriate filing period to CSU Fullerton and declare their
objective as the Certificate for Teachers of English as
a Second Language.
Applications may be obtained from the Office of Admissions
and Records at any California State University campus. An
electronic version of the CSU application is available on
the World Wide Web at http://www.csumentor.edu/AdmissionApp/.
The minimum university and departmental requirements
- A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution.
- A grade point average of at least 2.7 in the last 60
semester units attempted.
- A 3.0 grade point average in the major and in good standing
at the last college attended.
Specific requirements for the TESOL Certificate
Two years of one foreign language or one year each of two
different languages with an average 3.0 GPA. The requirement
will normally be waived for students from foreign countries
who have studied English as a foreign language.
Completion of Modern Language MLNG) 301--Writing in an intercultural
context--with a grade of "B-" or better or with
program approval, the EWP with a score of 6 or better.
English 303 with a grade of "B-" or better.
Oral and written proficiency in English to be determined during the student’s first semester in the program. A minimum IELTS score of 7.0 overall OR a minimum TOEFL score of 573 for paper-based, 230 for computer- based, or 89 for the iBT, and a minimum score of 50 on the Test of Spoken English or 26 on the speaking section of the iBT (to be verified no later than at the end of the student’s first semester in the program) are required for non-native English speaking applicants who completed their bachelor’s degrees outside of the U.S. in a language other than English.
CSUF undergraduate students with senior standing apply
for admission to the Certificate for Teachers of English
to Speakers of Other Languages program by filing an application
for readmission to the university as a postbaccalaureate
student. Continuing graduate students complete and file
a postbaccalaureate/graduate change of academic objective
form in the Office of Admission and Records.
The study plan must include 24 units of committee-approved
coursework: 12 units of the core courses, three units of
language pedagogy, six units of electives and three units
for the practicum. All TESOL students must obtain a minimum
of a "B-" grade in each core course and a "B-"
(2.7) average in all language pedagogy and elective courses
Core courses (12 units required):
- TESL 500 Fundamentals in TESOL (3)
- *TESL 509 Advanced Principles of TESOL: Listening/Speaking
- *TESL 510 Advanced Principles of TESOL: Reading/Writing
- TESL 527 Second Language Acquisition (3)
Language Pedagogy (3 units required):
- *TESL 515 Pedagogical Grammar and TESOL (3) or
- *TESL 520 Teaching Pronunciation and Oral Discourse
in TESOL (3) or
- TESL 525 Teaching Vocabulary in the ESL/EFL Classroom
*In at least one of these courses (or
in TESL 560 and 595 with instructor’s permission),
each student must complete 20 hours of service learning
at one of the sites approved by the TESOL Program.
Electives (6 units required)
With adviser's approval, students choose six units from
the list of courses provided below. Other 400- and 500-level
courses may also be selected. Complete descriptions of courses
can be found in the departmental course listings in the
catalog. Prerequisites will be enforced.
- ANTH 412 Culture Change
- ANTH 470 Survey of Anthropological Films (3)
- CHIC 450 The Chicano and Contemporary Issues (3)
- CHIC 480 The Immigrant and the Chicano (3)
- HCOM 420 Communication Theory (3)
- HCOM 422 Applications of Intercultural Communication
- HCOM 522 Seminar in Intercultural Communication (3)
- READ 560 The Sociocultural Context of Literacy and Learning
- TESL 511 Teaching English Abroad (3)
- TESL 545 Teaching Culture in the Language Classroom
Examples of 400- and 500- level American Studies courses
(need adviser's approval):
American Humor, The White Ethnic in America, Religion
and American Culture, The Shifting Role and Image of the
American Male, Southern California Culture, Love in America,
Childhood and Family in American Culture, The Search for
Community, Visual Arts in Contemporary America, American
Minds: Images of Sickness and Health, American Folk Culture,
Television and American Culture, the Built Environment,
the American West in Symbol and Myth, Women in American
Society, Bohemians and Beats: Cultural Radicalism in America,
The Culture of the American South, Culture in Turmoil: 1960s
Examples of 400- and 500-level English or American Literature
courses (need adviser 's approval):
Introduction to Afro-American Literature, Children's
Literature, Literature for Junior or Senior High School.
The Development of the English Novel through Jane Austen,
The Romantic Movement in English Literature, Victorian Literature,
The Development of the 19th Century English Novel, Modern
British and American Novels, Modern British and American
Drama, Contemporary Drama in English, Traditions of English
Literary Criticism, Modern Critical Theory.
Language and Linguistics
- ANTH 416 Anthropological Linguistics (3)
- FREN, GRMN, JAPN, SPAN 466 Introduction to French, German,
Japanese or Spanish Linguistics (3)
- JAPN, SPAN 468 Japanese/Spanish-English Contrastive
- LING 406 Descriptive Linguistics (3)
- LING 412 Sociolinguistics (3)
- LING 417 Psycholinguistics (3)
- LING 442 Changing Words (3)
- LING 505 Phonological Analysis (3)
- LING 507 Grammatical Analysis (3)
- LING 508 Theories of Syntax (3)
- READ 514 Linguistics and Reading (3)
- SPAN 467 Spanish-English Bilingualism and Language Contact
- TESL 515 Pedagogical Grammar in TESOL (if not taken
as core course) (3)
- TESL 520 Teaching ESL/EFL Pronunciation and Oral Skills
(if not taken as language pedagogy course)(3)
- TESL 525 Teaching Vocabulary in the ESL/EFL Classroom
Testing, Technology and Research
- ANTH 401 Ethnographic Field Methods (3)
- EDEL 511 Survey of Educational Research (3)
- EDEL 515 Problem Solving Strategies Including Logo (3)
- EDEL 518A Issues in Instructional Design of School Software
- EDEL 518B Multimedia Instruction and Development in
the Classroom (3)
- EDEL 519 Advanced Technology in Education (3)
- EDEL 522 Web Design and Instruction (3)
- EDEL 551 Assessment Across the Curriculum (3)
- EDEL 590 Practicum: Elementary School Teachers and Computers
- EDSC 504 Advanced Instruction Proficiency in Secondary
Educational Technologies (3)
- EDSC 524 Assessing Student Learning (3)
- EDSC 535 Survey of Educational Research (3)
- LING 501 Research Methods and Bibliography (3)
- PSYC 461 Psychological Testing (3)
- PSYC 465 Advanced Psychological Statistics (3)
- READ 516 Diagnostic-Prescriptive Teaching of Reading
- READ 520 Technology in Reading (2)
- TESL 530 TESOL Research Methods (3)
- TESL 532 Technology in Second Language Learning (3)
- EDEL 434 Methods and Inquiry for Teaching English Learners
- EDEL 500 Bilingual Multicultural Curriculum (3)
- EDEL 521 The Study of Teaching (3)
- EDEL 528 Reading/Language Arts in Early Childhood Curriculum
- EDEL 529 Graduate Studies: Learning Theory for Classroom
- EDEL 530 Graduate Studies in Elementary Education: Second
- EDEL 531 Graduate Studies in Elementary Education: Integrated
Language Arts (3)
- EDEL 536 Curriculum, Theory and Development (3)
- EDEL 541 Psychological and Sociological Foundation of
Bilingual Education (3)
- EDEL 542 Current Issues and Problems in Bilingual-Bicultural
- EDEL 552 Family, Community and Professional Partnership
- EDEL 553 Models of Teaching (3)
- READ 508 Teaching Reading/Language Arts in Today's Elementary
- EDSC 410 Teaching English Learners in Secondary Schools
- EDSC 522 Family, Community and Professional Partnerships
- EDSC 536 Curriculum, Theory and Development (3)
- EDSC 540 Graduate Studies in Teaching English Learners
- EDSC 550 Instructional Strategies (3)
- FLED 442 Teaching Foreign Languages in the Secondary
- ENGL 402/402S Theories, Response to Written Composition(2)/Tutor
- ENGL 590 Writing Theory and Practice for Teaching Associates
- READ 507 Reading and Thinking in the Content Areas (3)
- READ 581 Remediation of Reading Difficulties (4)
Culminating Experience (3 units required)
TESL 596 TESOL Practicum (3). The practicum is to be
taken at the end of the program. Prerequisites are TESL
500, 509, 510 and 527. The core and language pedagogy
courses must be completed with an average of "B-" or
better in order for students to enroll in the practicum.
Features and Programs
The program has a collaborative exchange program with the Universidad Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG) in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Students may complete coursework towards their major, including the teaching practicum, while studying abroad in Brazil. Depending upon experience, some students may also be able to work while they are there. The application deadline is about five months prior to the semester abroad: October 1 for Semester I at UFMG (spring at CSUF), and March 1 for Semester II at UFMG (fall at CSUF).
Students may also apply to the American Language Program (ALP), Business Resource Center, the English Writing Center, and the University Learning Center for part-time work on campus.
The use of technologies is an integral part of our program.
Activities or Professional Development
The TESOL Club invites all TESOL Certificate students to
participate in club activities that may include speakers,
conferences, dining out, and holiday celebrations. Students
have also collaborated with faculty members on classroom
and school-based research projects.
Last updated 10-15-2007