Certificate in Special Study in TESOL


Designed to serve SF State undergraduates, this certificate is an introduction to the TESOL field with courses that provide foundational skills and knowledge in language acquisition and pedagogy needed for an entry level positions as an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher, tutor, or instructional aide in a variety of settings in the US and language teaching contexts around the world.

This certificate does not provide a California Teaching Credential, but it supplements other teaching preparation and could be applied to being an instructional aid in public schools or to teaching or tutoring adults in private schools and language institutes that do not require teaching credentials. 


For questions, please contact the  MA TESOL Coordinator

Priya Abeywickrama

Abeywickrama, Priya

Priya Abeywickrama

Phone: (415) 338-3095

Email: abeywick@sfsu.edu

Admission to the Certificate Program

If you currently are an upper division matriculated student at SF State, with a minimum GPA of 2.8, and you wish to apply for admission to the program, you must submit a certificate application, statement of purpose, and unofficial transcripts to the Department of English office in HUM 484 or email the documents to matesol@sfsu.edu.

The deadline to apply for fall semester is May 1; the deadline to apply for spring semester is November 1. Spring 2022 application deadline has been extended to December 1.

Once you complete the 4 courses in the certificate (with a minimum 2.0 average), the English Dept will inform Graduate Studies (they issue all undergrad and grad certificates) and you will fill out the Certificate Approved Program (CAP) form to receive the Certificate in Special Study in TESOL.

Certificate in Special Study in TESOL - 12 units

ENG 423 - Language Analysis for Language Teachers

ENG 426 - Second Language Acquisition

ENG 523 - Tutoring Practicum

ENG 608 - Language Teaching in Multilingual Contexts