Degree prerequisite for admission
Applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree or its foreign equivalent with a minimum grade point average of B (3.0 on a 4-point scale). Preference is given to applicants who have studied abroad, worked with international students, and/or have any EFL/ESL teaching experience (including volunteer).
Second language learning prerequisite for admission
Native speakers of English must have classroom second language learning experience equivalent to at least one year of college level study of a language. Each applicant who is not a native speaker of English must: (1) achieve a score of 100 or higher on the iBT TOEFL (Skill Requirements: Reading and Listening - High; Speaking and Writing - one skill must be at the level of Good) or 7.5 or higher on the IELTS (Skill Requirements: Speaking and Writing - combined minimum of 13) or their equivalent and (2) have good spoken English skills (a score of at least 4 on the ITA interview test administered by the University of Pittsburgh).
Transcripts and CV
Undergraduate transcripts (and graduate if applicable) and a CV (including a list of references) must be submitted as part of the application.
Plan of Study
Students must complete a TESOL certificate plan of study form after consultation with the TESOL Certificate advisor during the first term of study. The student then will work with academic advisor if earning a graduate degree, or the TESOL Certificate advisor if not in a degree program.
Completion of Requirements
When nearing completion of all TESOL certificate requirements, students must apply for graduation from the TESOL Certificate program through the Arts and Sciences Dean’s Office. This graduation application is separate from any other degree graduation applications.