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Loyola Marymount University Bulletin 2019-2020 
Loyola Marymount University Bulletin 2019-2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Certificate

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Contact Information

Program Director: Marta E. Sanchez

Assistant Director: Benjamin Wang


The Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Certificate program will provide candidates with the knowledge and skills necessary to meet the needs of non-English speakers. The program consists of 9 units of required coursework offered completely online (100%). With the consent of the Program Director, some of the coursework can be applied to an LMU SOE M.A. program. The program will target new TESOL teachers seeking to work with English Learners, provide seasoned teachers of English Learners with enhanced skills and expertise, and offer teachers from foreign countries opportunities to gain mastery in teaching English to English Learners in their home countries.

Program Outcomes

At the end of this program, candidates will:

  • Use the components of language, and language as an interactive system, to create instructional plans that integrate instructional strategies for teaching the English language systems to English Language Learners.
  • Design lessons and teach using a variety of concepts about culture, students’ backgrounds, acculturation, assimilation, biculturalism, and the dynamics of prejudice, racism, and linguicism.
  • Plan and design standards-based English as a Second Language (ESL) and content instruction, which include appropriate language levels, integrating students’ cultural backgrounds, and multilevel activities with flexible grouping and differentiated instruction to meet English Learner needs.

Program Admission Requirements

  • Graduate Application
  • TESOL Application
  • Candidate Information Sheet
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
    • At least 1 letter must verify the applicant’s experience and familiarity teaching English Learners.
    • Letters cannot be written by family members of friends.
  • Technology Requirement Form
  • Statement of Intent
  • 3-5 page essay describing how applicant’s experiences, qualities, and goals reflect the School of Education’s conceptual framework: REAL (Respect, Educate, Advocate, Lead).
  • 2 sealed, official transcripts from all colleges and/or universities attended
  • Verification of 20 hours of experience working with culturally diverse youth in the age group applicant plans to teach.
  • Professional Resume
  • Interview with Program Director
  • A cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0, or a 3.05 in the last 60 undergraduate units, or a 3.0 in at least 9 graduate units
  • Transcript evaluations for applicants who completed an undergraduate/graduate degree outside of the U.S.A.

Degree Requirements

Total: 9 semester hours

Additional Requirements

All international candidates admitted to LMU’s TESOL programs must complete the following by the end of their first semester in the program:

  • Evidence of English language proficiency via TOEFL (minimum score of 80) or IELTS (minimum overall band core of 6.5) examination
  • If student has not taken the TOEFL or IELTS examination, they will be required to take either exam with passing scores submitted in the first semester of the program. If a passing score is not submitted, the student will need to take a leave of absence before continuing in the program and re-enter the following year.

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