TESOL Undergraduate Programs

  • Undergraduate TESOL Certificate

  • Subject Matter Preparation Program (SMPP) for the World Languages: ELD Credential



The CSUF TESOL Program offers two undergraduate programs. The Undergraduate TESOL Certificate PDF File is primarily intended for students from any major who are interested in teaching English as a second or additional language, with a focus on academic English language development of school-aged children and youth in the U.S. and abroad. Students from all majors at CSU Fullerton who need training in teaching English to speakers of other languages may add the Certificate to their current studies.

 All of the Certificate courses except TESL 450 count towards the requirements for the  Subject Matter Preparation Program (SMPP) for the World Language: English Language Development (ELD) Credential. The SMPP courses prepare students with the subject matter requirements for the new World Languages: ELD Credential for secondary teachers in California. All future California junior high or high school teachers may teach English language learners in departmentalized ELD classrooms with this subject matter background if they pass the CSET exam and complete a credential program. Please see the official CSET site for more information about the World Language: ELD CSET examination and the College of Education for information about applying to the secondary credential program at CSUF. (Note: Following final approval of the SMPP by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, completing the SMPP through coursework will excuse teacher candidates from having to pass the ELD CSET Exam, and will be the preferred method for satisfying subject matter preparation requirements for the credential.)

For information on graduate TESOL programs at CSUF, please click here.


The World Language: ELD SMPP does not have any prerequisites, but certain majors will be more congruent with the program, including English, modern languages, linguistics, American studies, and subjects commonly taught at the secondary level (e.g., natural sciences, mathematics, history, and political science).

The Undergraduate TESOL Certificate Program requires the following prerequisites:

LING 106 – Language and Linguistics (3 units)

Pass with a C or better
The nature of language, its origin and development: language in culture, the structure of language and its systems of writing and transcription, and its application to other areas of humanities and scientific knowledge.

  • Concurrent enrollment with TESL 300 is permitted
  • This course is a requirement for the World Language: ELD SMPP

Foreign Language – Any Language (up to 10 units)

One year of a foreign language at the college level with B- average or better, or two years of high-school foreign language with B- average or better, or the equivalent

  • Concurrent enrollment with TESL 300 is permitted
  • This course is a requirement for the World Language: ELD SMPP

Oral and Written Proficiency in English

Non-native English-speaking applicants need:

  • A minimum iBT score of 89, or a Paper-Based TOEFL score of 573, or a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 overall, or a minimum 65 Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic
  • AND a minimum score of 26 on the iBT speaking section or 7.0 on the IELTS speaking section, or a passing score on the CSUF TESOL Program's in-house interview test
  • For conditional admission, students may obtain a 23 on the iBT speaking section or a 6.5 on the IELTS speaking section

Program Requirements

Please see the individual pages for the requirements for the Undergraduate TESOL Certificate and World Language: ELD SMPP.