Jun 18, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Graduate Certificate

On April 25, 2022, the CSU Chancellor’s Office issued a memo that GWAR will no longer apply to new and continuing graduate students (regardless of catalog year) at CSULB. Catalog copy has been updated on 07/21/2022 to account for this change.

This certificate is open to students from any field who desire graduate level training for teaching English to speakers of other languages. While the program may be begun as an undergraduate, at least 18 units must be completed as a postbaccalaureate student.

This certificate program is eligible for Financial Aid. Please see the department web site for required Federal disclosure information


  1. Baccalaureate degree with a GPA of 3.0 on last 60 units.
  2. LING 325 - Modern English Grammar  (3) (or equivalent)


Twenty-four units, including:

  1. 21 taken in residence;
  2. 18 taken as a graduate student;
  3. 12 taken at a 500-600 level.

Take one of the following courses:


Students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 in all courses included in the program. 

Students who have taken equivalent courses in the above categories but need units to complete certificate requirements may elect to take courses as advised. Students wanting graduate credit for 400-level courses which have not been approved for graduate credit by the home department must consult with the Program Director or Graduate Advisor before enrolling.