ESL Instructor Education in Los Angeles with School Information

There are seven schools within 25 miles of Los Angeles that have English as a Second Language (ESL) instructor education certificate and degree programs. Read an overview of two school's programs, and get statistical information about the schools to find out which one is right for you.

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Los Angeles Schools with Programs for Aspiring ESL Instructors

English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction is also commonly known as Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Los Angeles, CA, has a diverse population speaking many languages, and several universities in and near this city offer programs designed to prepare students for careers as ESL and TESOL teachers. Many programs are at the master's degree or post-graduate certificate levels. Two universities and their ESL programs are highlighted below. Get details about courses taken and specific degrees or certificates earned. Read helpful facts about both schools in the table provided at the end of this article.

  • California State University - Los Angeles offers graduate-level studies in ESL teaching. The campus is located less than five miles east of downtown Los Angeles.
  • Azusa Pacific University is found approximately 25 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles. The university offers certificate and master's degree ESL programs for aspiring or current teachers.

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Comparison of Schools

Before choosing your ESL studies, it is beneficial to examine all factors of a school offering these programs. Below are facts and figures reflecting each school's tuition, population and more.

California State University - Los Angeles Azusa Pacific University
School Type 4-year, public 4-year, private not-for-profit
Total Enrollment (2015) 24,288 9,972
Campus Setting Large city Large suburb
Graduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016) $6,738 (in-state)
$15,666 (out-of-state)
% of Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid (2014) 83% 95%
Acceptance Rate (2014) 61% 82%
Retention Rate (2014) 84% Full-time 85% Full-time
Graduation Rate (2014) 41% 67%

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

California State University - Los Angeles

California State University (CSU) is a public university with 23 campuses and almost 433,000 students. The Los Angeles campus has been a center of higher education in California for over 60 years. CSU-LA offers a master's degree and a certificate for ESL instructors.

Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

California State University in Los Angeles offers a master's degree in TESOL. This instructor training program is a 45-unit curriculum that provides a comprehensive overview of English language learning and teaching theories. Potential students must complete undergraduate linguistics and foreign language courses before applying. Students are required to pass a comprehensive examination or finish a thesis or project report.

Certificate Program in English as a Second or Foreign Language

CSU in Los Angeles also has a certificate program for training instructors of ESL through the Division of Applied and Advanced Studies in Education. This program prepares instructors to teach English at the kindergarten through adult levels. Students must complete a minimum of 32 credits.

Azusa Pacific University

Located just over 20 miles outside of Los Angeles, Azusa Pacific University (APU) is a private evangelical Christian school. APU offers the following training programs for ESL instructors and school teachers working with students who do not speak English as a native language.

Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Students enrolled in the Master of Arts - TESOL program at Azusa Pacific University participate in courses that cover language structure and use, foundations of literacy development for English learners, practical approaches and methods of literacy for English learners, and educational equity in a pluralistic society. This 36-unit program usually takes 17-24 months to complete. APU also offers the program online or as a field-based program for students who are already teaching English abroad.

Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Azusa Pacific University offers a Certificate in TESOL for individuals who hold a bachelor's degree but do not wish to enroll in a graduate program. Average time to complete the 18-unit training program is one year. Credits may be applied to the master's program if desired. The TESOL certificate is also available in a field-based format.

ELL/CTEL Program Leading to Cross-Cultural Language and Academic Development (CLAD) Certificate

The California Commission for Teacher Credentialing requires teachers in California's schools to be prepared to instruct students learning English. Azusa's English Language Learner (ELL) and California Teachers of English Learners (CTEL) Program Leading to Cross-Cultural Language and Academic Development provides the credentials necessary to gain licensure and teach English to non-native speakers in several educational settings in Los Angeles and beyond. The certification program is 12 units and usually takes 4-8 months to complete.

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