Program at a Glance

  • Program Credits

    19 credits

    English has become the most widely used language in the world today, and there is great demand for trained professionals to teach with integrity. The TESOL certificate prepares students for service in North America with immigrants, refugees and international students, as well as for mission opportunities around the world through teaching English as a second or foreign language.

    Why Choose Language Acquisition Education at Biola?

    While the Biola undergraduate certificate in TESOL does not have the same coverage as the graduate certificate, it should be noted that it requires much more than the typical entry-level certificate and, as such, qualifies its holders for work in many institutions in the United States and abroad.

    Students interested in TESOL training may note that there is an unregulated market for a wide range of “certificates.” While Biola University-issued TESOL certificates are for year-long programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels, the department can also prepare certificates of completion for students who complete one or more courses. These certificates specify number of contact hours and topics covered.


    Note: This list is intended to give you a quick glimpse into the program’s academic offerings, and should not be used as a guide for course selection or academic advising. For official program requirements, see the course catalog.

    Certificate Requirements

    To recognize the significance of the training received, a certificate is granted to those who complete 19 credits of prescribed TESOL coursework with a grade of “C” or higher. Sixteen of these credits must be completed at Biola University.