Frequently Asked Questions About the TESL/TEFL Advanced Certificate

Does the program accept transfer students?

Transfer credit may, in special cases, be possible for an equivalent course taken elsewhere. All applications for transfer credit are evaluated individually by the Certificate Program. No academic credit for coursework is granted for work experience.

Does it matter in what order I take the Certificate courses?

No. However, normally Ling 795 (Seminar in Linguistics) is taken after several courses in linguistics have been completed.

Is there a time limit for completion of Certificate course work?


How long does the Advanced Certificate program take?

Normally it will be possible to complete the Advanced Certificate program within two semesters. However, more time may be needed if you lack a necessary prerequisite for one or more Certificate courses.

How to apply for the Certficate program?

Fill out a Certificate Enrollment Form and return it to Certificate in TESL/TEFL, Department of Linguistics and Asian/Middle Eastern Languages, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA 92182-7727.

You must also be admitted to San Diego State University through the regular application process. You can register, and pay for, courses for the Advanced Certificate in two ways:

  1. as a graduate candidate for a master's degree, taking the courses as electives, or
  2. as an unclassified graduate student (that is, one not pursuing a degree) seeking the Certificate only.