Teaching Foreign Language

Admission to the Teaching Foreign Language program is based on a candidate's prior academic record, professional experience, and language proficiency.

Admissions Requirements Overview

Language Proficiency

Native English Speakers

Language Interview and Writing Sample

Applicants of the Teaching Foreign Language program must demonstrate high proficiency in their language of instruction. If the language of instruction is not the applicant’s native language, a writing sample and comprehensive telephone interview will help us assess your proficiency level. The writing sample should be a 2-3 page document on any topic in your language of instruction. Language faculty will contact applicants by phone or email to arrange the interview.

Language Placement Test

Before your first semester begins, you must pass a placement test (if the language of instruction is one that is offered) that indicates you are ready to begin your studies at the appropriate level.

Summer Language Scholarships

If you're an admitted student, the Betty and David Jones Language Scholarships will offer you the opportunity to attend the Monterey Institute's summer language programs and to enhance your language skills before your master's program begins. Languages include: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Japanese, Russian and Spanish.

Non-Native English Speakers

Non-Native English speakers  who wish to teach a language other than their native language must also demonstrate high proficiency in their language of instruction. A writing sample and comprehensive telephone interview will help us assess your proficiency level. The writing sample should be a 2-3 page document on any topic in your language of instruction. Language faculty will contact applicants by phone or email to arrange the interview.

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
  • 7.5 Listening and Reading
  • 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 Teaching Foreign Language degree can be completed in three academic semesters. Applicants must meet all admissions requirements for the 2-year Teaching Foreign Language degree program in addition to previous successful coursework toward a teaching certificate or Applied Linguistics degree program.