Admission to the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages program is based on a candidate's prior academic record and professional experience.

Admission Requirements Overview

Language Proficiency

There is no language requirement for native English speaking applicants to the Teaching English to Students of Other Languages (TESOL) program. Non-native English speaking applicants must meet the proficiency requirements listed below.

Non-Native English Speakers

Non-native English speakers must provide evidence of English proficiency from either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examinations. Scores are valid if you've taken the exam within the last two years. 

Applicants who have completed all four years of high school and an undergraduate degree in the U.S. are eligible for a waiver of the TOEFL/IELTS exams. Applicants must provide transcripts from those institutions.

Minimum TOEFL Scores Minimum IELTS Scores

Internet-based test: 100 overall

  • 25 reading
  • 25 listening
  • 23 speaking
  • 27 writing
  • 7.5 Overall
  • No Sub-score below 7.5

Standardized Test Scores

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

GRE scores are not required. However, applicants who have taken the GRE are encouraged to submit them because they may positively influence merit scholarship awards. Applicants with an undergraduate GPA below 3.0 are strongly encouraged to submit GRE scores for admission consideration. Please use our four-digit institution code [4507] to send us your scores.

Advanced Entry

A 30-unit advanced entry TESOL degree can be completed in three academic semesters. Applicants must meet all admissions requirements for the 2-year TESOL degree program in addition to previous successful coursework toward a TESOL certificate or Applied Linguistics degree program.