Iowa State University
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Department of English


TESL/Applied Linguistics: TESL/TEFL Certificate

OverviewIowa State

The Graduate Certificate in TES/TEFL can be taken on campus or online. The certificate consists of two prerequisites and 12 graduate credits. Courses are designed to provide basic preparation in teaching English to speakers of other languages in a variety of settings. Students may do a stand-alone certificate or apply to do a graduate certificate in addition to the masters or doctoral program.

Certificate Requirements

There are 3 sets of requirements for the certificate:

1. Admissions Standards

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • A GPA of at least 3.0
  • For non-native speakers of English a TOEFL score of 600 (PBT) or 250 (CBT) or 100 (IBT)
  • Evidence of good oral and written English communication skills

2. Prerequisites

  • An introductory linguistics course  (e.g., English/Ling 219 or English/Ling 511)
  • An introductory grammar course (e.g., English/Ling 220 or pass the English/Ling 220 test-out)

3. Courses

  • Required: Teaching English as a Second Language:  Methods and Materials (English/Ling 518) (F) Prerequisite: English/Ling 511 or an introductory linguistics course.

Three additional courses chosen from the following:

  • Introduction to Computers in Applied Linguistics (English/Ling 510) (F)
  • Second Language Assessment (English 519) (3 Cr) (S)
  • Literacy: Issues and Methods for nonnative Speakers of English (English/Lingu 524) (F)
  • Methods in Teaching Listening & Speaking Skills to nonnative Speakers of English (English/Ling 525) (S)
  • Supervised Practicum in Teaching English as a Second Language. (English/Ling 588) (3 cr) (F, S, SS)

Back to Top

Application Requirements

Application Deadline: Fall: Nov. 15, Spring: April 15, Summer: August 15
More information about applying to the program
Find Application forms for applying to Iowa State.

For more information contact Greta Levis.
Back to Top