Advanced TESOL Certificate


The Advanced TESOL Certificate Program provides an excellent foundation in TESOL practices, research and theory. If you decide you would like to pursue a master’s in TESOL, the coursework in this certificate program applies towards our master’s program in TESOL154. This self-paced program’s duration ranges from two to four quarters depending on the number of courses taken. The classes are offered both online and on-campus.

Participants will learn how to:

  • Apply best practices in computer-assisted language learning to promote learning English
  • Teach English skillfully, employing a variety of principle-based techniques
  • Select and develop successful materials in EFL/ESL
  • Relate the importance of target cultures in language learning

Courses

The program consists of four courses—Technology Enhanced language Learning (EESL 521) plus any three of the following 500-level graduate courses:

  • Listening and Speaking Methods for TESOL (EESL 543)
  • Cross-cultural Teaching (EESL 536)
  • Reading Methods for TESOL (EESL 544)
  • Writing Methods for TESOL (EESL 545)

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or senior/last year standing at bachelor’s level
  • Proof of English language proficiency equivalent to 535 on PBT TOEFL
  • Students must maintain a “B” average to obtain the certificate

Course offerings and formats will vary each quarter. Please visit the Academic Scheduling website for a list of online and on-campus courses offered this quarter.


Registration for online TESOL courses will be handled through Open University.

Domestic Students

Registration for on-campus TESOL courses will be handled through Open University

International Students

Registration for on-campus TESOL courses will be handled through Study Abroad in the USA.


1 Note: A maximum of 12 units may be applied to the MA TESOL option.
To learn more about units of credit earned prior to classification, please visit the Graduate Studies Polices & Procedures

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Admission Requirements

All candidates applying for the MA in Education with TESOL Option must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. Applicants whose prior study was outside the United States must have completed the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree. The program evaluates applicants based on their academic background, commitment to meet the demands of the program, and their professional potential to succeed in a career in education.

Applicants must submit the following:

  • Official transcripts demonstrating a GPA of 3.0 or better
  • Statement of purpose
  • Résumé (CV)
  • Three letters of recommendation

International students also need to submit:

  • (1) an official copy of bachelor’s degree,
  • (2) evidence of financial ability to fund their studies, and
  • (3) a proof of required English language proficiency TOEFL 550 PBT or 79 iBT, or IELTS overall 6.0. Students who have a TOEFL score between 530 and 549 PBT, or 71 and 78 iBT inclusive can take level 6 of the university English Language Program (ELP 6) to waive the English language proficiency requirement. This course may be taken on campus or online. The online ELP 6 has two components: ELP 6 Academic Writing, and ELP 6 Oral Language.

For applications, go to the Apply ,website page. If you have questions, please email cel_tesol@csusb.edu or call (909) 537-5978.

Students must satisfactorily meet the professional, personal, scholastic and other standards for graduate student to determine eligibility for MA program.

Course Information

Pre-requisites

expand EDUC 306: Expository Writing for Education (4 units)
Expository writing is a dynamic preparation for academic composition at the graduate level. Students engage in a series of intensive, multi-faceted exercises — including detailed material on APA citation format and the construction of a prospectus document — designed to enhance the clarity, style and authority of their writing for future scholarly projects. 2
expand EESL 521: Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) (4 units)
Improve technology skills and integrate Second Language Acquisition theory with technology for enhanced teaching techniques. Learn how to effectively use technology in the classroom to stimulate learning, empower students, and differentiate individual experiences.1

Co-requisites

expand COMM 120: Oral Communication (4 units)
This course is an introduction to effective speech communication with an emphasis on informative and persuasive public speaking and presentation skills. Assignments are specially adapted for TESOL instructors.

Degree Requirements (48 weeks)

An average GPA of 3.0 must be maintained in the program for successful completion.

Courses offered online:

expand EESL 514: Curriculum Design in TESOL (4 units)
This course provides opportunities to explore current development in curriculum design including:
  • Different structures of a curriculum framework
  • Curriculum evaluation of teaching-learning materials
  • Student learning outcomes expectations and related assessment
  • Approaches to curriculum integration and language courses designed with integrated content
The aim of the course is to contribute to the development of the pre-service as well as in-service English language teachers’ capacities in the design, implementation, and reflection on inclusive TESOL curricula.
expand EESL 536: Cross-cultural Teaching (4 units)
Develop instruction techniques for teaching in multicultural and cross-cultural settings in both ESL and EFL contexts. Raise cultural awareness, respect, and appreciation in order to relate to and motivate culturally diverse students.
expand EESL 543: Listening and Speaking Methods in TESOL (4 units)
How can one teach the English sounds not existent in learners’ native language? What can one do to make listening and speaking practice more interesting and rewarding? How can one familiarize learners with English-speaking cultures? This course will examine recent TESOL theories in listening and speaking, explore practical and effective teaching methods and materials as well as incorporate an interactive listening and speaking online lab setting to give TESOL educators valuable tools to teach listening and speaking.
expand EESL 544: Reading Methods in TESOL (4 units)
This course actively investigates current literacy theory and practice relative to the teaching of reading skills targeted at the comprehension and appreciation of texts in various genres, formats, and functions. Essential processes such as top-down and bottom-up reading strategies are addressed, as well as cultural and background knowledge, vocabulary development, and research-based reading activities.
expand EESL 545: Writing Methods in TESOL (4 units)
In this course students explore ways to appropriately balance the process and product approaches to teaching writing as well as examine best practices for teaching writing strategies and skills. Students also learn how to build a writing community with their student writers for success in writing all genres.
expand EESL 665: Creativity in Teaching TESOL (4 units)
Use and grow creativity in order to enrich teaching techniques in the language learning classroom. Survey creativity theories and apply them through the use of poetry, drama, art, audio, and video.
expand EESL 670: Principles and Practice in TESOL (4 units)
This course emphasizes integration between philosophy and principles of TESOL and its practical implementation in a dynamic and on-going process. Instead of imposing predefined models or solutions, the course assists students to gain new perspectives on complex issues in current TESOL teaching and to make informed decisions by exploring the advantages and disadvantages of different options in compliance with their own context and needs. Issues such as English globalization, teaching English as a global language, while respecting and embracing students’ native languages, and world English, will be discussed. Thinking of teaching practices and methods as content specific, particular, and individualized will be encouraged.
expand EDUC 603: Effective Communication in Education (4 units)
This course features varying theoretical approaches with an emphasis on identifying one’s personal and professional school of thought. The emphasis is on the dynamics of interpersonal communication in educational structures. Activities focus on the participation of individuals and small groups from a pluralistic perspective, writing for research purposes, and professional speaking skills.
expand EDUC 605: Foundations of Education (4 units)
To be an educator without a critical sense of history, philosophy and schooling is to be adrift in the troubled sea of knowledge. This course will help you to gain a broad perspective on education inside and outside the classroom. This course focuses on the history and theory of elementary, secondary and postsecondary education within the setting of American society, particularly: underlying assumptions, organizational structure, and educational change. Multiculturalism is studied in a balanced context relevant to the educational setting. Students apply what they learn to their school of thought in education, thereby connecting theory to daily practice in the schools.
expand EDUC 607: Introduction to Educational Research (4 units)
Are you a good consumer of research? Can you conduct basic research in education? This hands-on course will help you to engage in and assess evidence-based inquiry and qualitative methodologies, and program evaluation research in education. Ethical strategies for collecting, treating, and reporting data as well as identifying, developing, and critiquing trends in research communities are emphasized.

Residential Quarter at CSUSB:

Courses offered in hybrid format (five weeks online and five weeks on campus) in summer quarters.

expand EESL 685: Research in TESOL (4 units)
This course provides a foundation for the expert practitioner or future researcher, combining theory and practice in a cooperative learning mode with a survey of perspectives and theories in second-language acquisition (SLA), research access via technology, types of research paradigms and design, critical language analysis (CLA), and Interlanguage theory.
expand EESL 680: Practicum in TESOL (4 units)
This practicum course introduces the research and steps of teaching strategies, assessments, and classroom management techniques effective in second language classrooms. Participants are supported as they design lessons that include these instructional practices and have the opportunity to implement those lessons in an instructional setting with English Learners.

Course offerings are based on enrollment figures and therefore may affect the ability to register in three courses.
CSUSB reserves the right to cancel course offerings when necessary.

1Students must receive a grade of C or better in this course to continue in the program.

2Students must receive a grade of B or better in this course to continue in the program.

Housing

On-Campus

  • Residence halls and apartments
  • Meal plan available

Living on campus is one of the easiest ways to become involved at CSUSB.
The Villages offers on-campus housing for students in three residential environments: Serrano Village, Arrowhead Village and University Village. Living on campus is a significant part of the CSUSB experience for approximately 1,500 students.

Visit Housing and Residential Life for more information.

Off-Campus

Homestay for 120 hours tesol certificate

  • Improve English, learn American culture
  • Become a member of the family
  • Families provide three meals per day, transportation to and from campus, a bedroom and utilities (except phone)

International students can participate in the Homestay Program where they live with American families to improve their English and learn American culture firsthand. Host families are proud to explain American ways of life, Students can learn new things, taste new foods and see new places.

The IEP Homestay Program gives IEP students and members of the community an opportunity to learn more about other people and their cultures. By participating in the Homestay Program, you will be able to share your tradition and lifestyles while broadening your own cultural experiences.

Apartments

For apartments near campus, visit UniversityParent, guide to supporting your student's freshman year.

Homestay

The IEP Homestay Program gives IEP students and members of the community an opportunity to learn more about other people and their cultures. By participating in the Homestay program, you will be able to share your traditions and lifestyle while broadening your own cultural experiences.

Homestay Benefits

  • American culture and language in a family environment.
  • Invaluable education to both students and host families.
  • Creating memories and friendships that will last a lifetime.

Homestay Includes

Host families are expected to provide students with:

  • A safe environment
  • A private room
  • Meals
  • Transportation to and from the California State University, San Bernardino campus.

Host families are encouraged to include students in family activities in the evenings and on weekends. These activities enrich the students' stay and give them a true picture of American culture.

Homestay Fees

Fees Academic Year
Homestay Placement Fee $120.00
Homestay Fees (per month) $780.00

Apply for Homestay

  1. Download Homestay application.
  2. Submit your application, photos and payment.
    • Mail: send your completed Homestay application form, photos and check by mail to:

      Homestay Coordinator
      International Extension Programs
      California State University, San Bernardino
      5500 University Parkway, Room SH-134
      San Bernardino, CA 92407-2397 USA

      Please make check payable to: "CSUSB"
    • E-mail: send your application to iep@csusb.edu, mail your check separately, e-mail or mail your photos.
    • Fax: send your application form by fax to (909) 537-5905 and mail your photos and check separately.

Visa Requirements

California State University, San Bernardino is authorized to issue I-20 forms (Certificates of Student Eligibility) for full-time intensive English study. Students may then enter the U.S. on an F-1 student visa obtained from the American Embassy or consulate.

F-1 visas are issued on the basis of full-time study. This means that you are expected to attend your scheduled classes every day that you are enrolled in ELP. After three quarters of full-time study, you are eligible for one quarter off.

If you are planning to study in the U.S., you must apply for an F-1 visa.

Download Application for I-20 (Student Visa) Form

Students applying for ELP's Intensive English Program should complete the financial statement located on the application form. Students accepted for study will receive the I-20 form so that they may obtain an F-1 student visa at the nearest U.S. consulate. Students accepted for study will be issued the I-20 form so that they may obtain an F-1 student visa at the nearest U.S. Consulate. Please follow these steps to receive documents from CSUSB.

Health Insurance

Student health center

Effective August 1, 1995, all F-1 visa applicants must agree to obtain and maintain health insurance as a condition of enrollment and receiving an I-20 for the International Extension Programs at California State University, San Bernardino.

All students* are required to purchase insurance through Wells Fargo Insurance. Students may purchase quarter or annual coverage based on their individual need. Please download the brochure for more information.

*Students on a government scholarship that provides insurance are excluded.

Steps to enroll in coverage:

  1. Go to Wells Fargo insurance
  2. Select your school - CSU San Bernardino
  3. Enroll in coverage
  4. Choose your term/coverage

Coverage prices:

PROGRAM COSTS

TERMS OF COVERAGE ANNUAL 9/17/16 - 9/16/17 FALL 9/17/16 - 1/2/17 WINTER 1/3/17 - 3/27/17 WINTER/SPRING/ SUMMER 1/3/17 - 9/16/17 SPRING 3/28/17 - 6/16/17 SUMMER 6/17/17 - 9/16/17 SPRING/SUMMER 3/28/17 - 9/16/17
Student only $1,203.46 $367.10 $288.75 $852.36 $279.08 $314.53 $578.61
NOTE: Costs below are in addition to the student premium. Dependents must be enrolled for the same term of coverage as student.
Dependent enrollment in this plan is voluntary.
Spouse only $1,203.46 $367.10 $288.75 $852.36 $279.08 $314.53 $578.61
One Child (Age 0-25) only $1,203.46 $367.10 $288.75 $852.36 $279.08 $314.53 $578.61
Two or more Children (Age 0-25) only $2,390.77 $718.42 $561.99 $1,688.35 $542.56 $613.80 $1,141.36

Requirements for Graduation

  1. A minimum of 48 quarter units of acceptable graduate-level work.
  2. A grade point average of 3.0 ("B") in all course work taken to satisfy the Master of Arts degree requirements, and grades of "C" (2.0) or better in all courses in the program;
  3. Successful completion of one of the following:
    1. EDUC 600. Master's Degree Project.

      A successful project is one which can be reported in the form of a paper and/or other media. The project proposal and the project must be approved by the student's advisor and one other professor in the College of Education and submitted in the approved format. Further information is available from the College of Education regarding an approved format for the project proposal and project.

    2. OR

    3. Written comprehensive exam.

      The written comprehensive examination is designed to test the student's knowledge of the field of ESL/EFL instruction. The examination is offered once each quarter and during the summer session. The student may enroll in the examination no earlier than the last quarter in which course work is taken. The student may take the examination (or any part of it) three times. Approval to retake the examination may be, at any time, contingent upon completion of additional designated courses.

  4. The graduation writing requirement is met upon successful completion of 3A or 3B above;
  5. Completion of the Candidate Assessment Portfolio. Details of the Candidate Assessment Portfolio approval process are outlined in the program information materials. The Portfolio must be completed prior to enrollment in EDUC 600 or EESL 999.

The program may not include more than 14 quarter units in approved extension and transfer courses from other colleges. California State University, San Bernardino will not consider for transfer credit course work from an institution which will not accept that work in its own advanced degree program.

For more information please visit: Department of Language, Literacy and Culture

Activities

The TESOL Teacher Training Program allows you to learn teaching techniques, methods and practical application while improving your English and immersing yourself in American culture.

In addition to classroom learning, you can participate in excursions to local cultural attractions such as:

  • Los Angeles
  • Hollywood
  • Universal Studios
  • Disneyland
  • Rodeo Drive
  • Pasadena
  • And more

The program also provides time to explore the area including locations such as:

  • San Francisco
  • Los Angeles
  • San Diego
  • Las Vegas
  • Big Bear Mountain
  • Grand Canyon

Testimonials

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – Cal State University represents one of the most diverse student populations in the Inland Empire with students ranging from American, Hispanic, African American, Asian and a variety of international cultures.

This program is great for a variety of educational levels and cross cultural settings. It is a great choice for native and non-native English speakers.

The College of Extended Learning is dedicated to providing students with high quality staff, teachers and education that they can benefit from. We hope to keep the diversity of the college growing as we welcome more and more students from around the world.

Students have shared with us their experiences about this program.


Hycinthia Chung

“I am glad I made the choice to study at CSUSB. I would never regret it. I learned so much about methodologies and American life in the short five weeks I was here.”

Hycinthia Chung
Malaysia


James Moy

“The staff were very supportive and the other students were a pleasure to study with. My favorite part of the program was the tutoring.”

James Moy
South Korea


Myung Hoon Choi

“The TESOL MA Program has been the greatest moment of my life. This was my first visit to the U.S. and was such an important step for my career and language improvement. The instructors were wonderful and helped me develop skills and learn lessons.”

Myung Hoon Choi
Student


Robert Green

“I really enjoyed the interaction with my cohort. Especially gaining the opportunity to experience the diversity of the MA TESOL Program. The residential portion really brought what we were learning to life. The program has helped me to grow professionally by gaining an insight into the depth of TESOL.”

Robert Green
Saudi Arabia


Hycinthia Chung

“Not only did the program offer wonderful material and academic support, but it also allowed me the flexibility to continue working full time throughout.”

Kyle Van Horn
English Instructor, Yong-in Songdam College, South Korea