Teaching English as a Second Language/Teaching English as a Foreign Language


The Graduate Certificate in TESL/TEFL 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 setting. Students may do a stand-alone certificate or apply to do a graduate certificate in addition to a masters or doctoral program. Students applying for the program can transfer in up to 9 credits taken at ISU as a graduate nondegree undeclared student (if grade of B or above) before admission to the certificate program. At 3 credits must be earned towards the certificate requirements after admission (the same semester or a later semester). Thank you for considering our program and ISU for your future graduate education.

Contact: Greta Levis
Phone: 515-294-0853
E-mail Address:

Certificate Funding Options

This Certificate program doesn’t currently qualify for Federal Financial Aid. The following funding options are available:


ISU-wide: Academic Records, GPA, Statement of Purpose, Letters of Recommendation

Application Deadlines: Oct 15 for Spring entry, March 15 for Summer entry, July 15 for Fall entry.

Program Requires GRE: No

Program Requires GMAT : No

Additional International Requirements:

English Proficiency Minimum:

TOEFL Paper (PBT) 600
TOEFL Internet (iBT) 100
PTE 68

Program Will Review Without TOEFL or IELTS:No

Financial Statement: Application

Mailing Address if needed:

Graduate Program Office
English Department
227 Ross Hall
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011