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2012-2013 CSULB University Catalog


Graduate Programs

Graduate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

This certificate is open to students from any field who desire graduate level training for teaching English to speakers of other languages. While the program may be begun as an undergraduate, at least 18 units must be completed as a post-baccalaureate student.

This certificate program is eligible for Financial Aid. Please see the department web site for required Federal disclosure information.


1. Baccalaureate degree with a GPA of 3.0 on last 60 units.

2. One introductory course in linguistics:

  • LING 325 Modern English Grammar (3) (or equivalent)
    Prerequisites: None


1. Twenty-four units, including:

  • A. 21 taken in residence;
  • B. 18 taken as a graduate student;
  • C. 12 taken at a 500-600 level.
    • NOTE: Categories (A-C) combined need only equal 24 units.

2. A GPA of 3.0 in all courses included in the program.

3. Fulfill the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR).

4. One course in each of the following eight categories:

A. Language Acquisition:

  • LING 329 Introduction to Language Acquisition (3)
    Prerequisites: None

B. Intermediate Level Linguistics. One course from:

  • LING 420 Phonology (3)
    Prerequisites: Consent of instructor.
  • LING 421 English Syntax (3)
    Prerequisite: LING 325 or consent of instructor.

C. Cross-cultural Communication:

  • LING 425/ANTH 421 Education Across Cultures (3)
    Prerequisites: None

D. Basic TESOL Methodology:

  • LING 486 Second Language Teaching Methods (3)
    Prerequisites: None

E. Curriculum:

  • LING 561 Second Language Curriculum Development (3)
    Prerequisite: LING 325 or consent of the instructor.

F. Testing and Assessment:

  • LING 562 Second Language Testing and Assessment (3)
    Prerequisite: LING 325 or consent of the instructor.

G. Specialized Methodology. One course from:

  • LING 560 TESOL Composition (3)
  • LING 575 Literacy and Linguistics (3)

H. Practicum:

  • LING 593 Practicum in TESOL (3)
    Prerequisite: LING 486.

Students who have taken equivalent courses in the above categories but need units to complete certificate requirements may elect to take courses as advised.

Students wanting graduate credit for 400-level courses which have not been approved for graduate credit by the home department must consult with the Program Director or Graduate Advisor before enrolling. Courses with an "I" suffix are not available for graduate credit, but may be used for the Certificate if they were taken while the student was an undergraduate.

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