2019-2020 Academic Catalog 
    Dec 06, 2021  
2019-2020 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Certificate

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The certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) is designed for those already involved in Christian ministry who are interested in teaching English as an additional avenue for outreach. This certificate provides basic teaching theory and skills and an understanding of how language works. The Certificate in TESOL program focuses on providing introductory-level TESOL training for those who expect to be involved in adult English teaching. This certificate is available completely online, or can be done as a combination of resident and online courses. (Students who desire more training in full-time TESOL should apply to the M.A. in TESOL program.)


The graduate will be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Teach listening, speaking, reading, and writing at novice, intermediate, and advanced levels of proficiency
  • Develop and evaluate language teaching materials
  • Use English teaching as a ministry

Admission Requirements

  • Students must fulfill the general admission requirements of the university (see the Admissions section for details).
  • Students must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.5 or scores above the 50th percentile on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).
  • International Students whose first language is not English must score 100 on the internet-based test, 250 on the computer-based examination, or 600 on the paper-based examination of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Transfer Policy

No transfer credit is approved for this program. All courses must be taken at Columbia International University.

Time Limitation

The time limit for completion of all requirements is two years, measured from the date a student enrolls in on-campus coursework in the Certificate in TESOL program.

Completion Requirements

Students must complete 12 hours of specified coursework with a minimum GPA of 2.5 in order to receive the certificate in TESOL.


This certificate program is not eligible for federal Title IV financial aid funds – i.e. Federal Direct Loans. Students who are interested in exploring other financial aid options should contact the Financial Aid Office.

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