Pepperdine University GSEP does not offer full scholarships. You can read more about the available opportunities for new students here. Pepperdine University GSEP also offers graduate assistance, teaching assistance, and research assistance opportunities. GSEP does not provide tuition reimbursements.

Face-to-Face Format. One-Year Program.

The Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) program enables candidates to pursue a study of the teaching of English as an additional language from preschool through university, both in the United States and beyond. All courses are aligned with the TESOL Professional Teaching Standards developed by TESOL/CAEP and focus on building expertise around the English language system, second language acquisition, language pedagogy and assessment, and the complex relationship between language and culture. Additionally, candidates will extend and deepen their professional knowledge, skills, and dispositions as reflective scholar-practitioners collaborating in a multicultural and multilingual environment. Distinctive program features include, integration of technology, clinical practicum placements, and opportunities for participation in professional organizations and conferences. This full-time, technology-infused residency program comprises 32 units addressing the needs of (1) local candidates intending to specialize in teaching English Learners and (2) international candidates wishing to study the teaching of English. The program is offered at the Malibu Campus as a cohort model for completion within one academic or calendar year (three terms).

TESOL program moving to Malibu starting Fall 2018

Program Overview

This program is designed for international students who wish to study the teaching of English, and also local students intending to specialize in teaching English to non-native speakers. All courses are aligned with the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and the Standards to Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages programs.

Program Benefits:

  • The TESOL program may be completed in just one year
  • Program embraces the scholar-practitioner model, where students apply their knowledge to real-world situations in a clinical teaching experience
  • Nationally recognized faculty
  • Small class sizes provide a strong environment for faculty mentorship
  • Cohort model results in close peer interaction and lifelong relationships
  • Technology infused residency program
  • Digital portfolio capstone experience
  • Aligned with CAEP professional standards
  • Continued participation in professional organizations and conferences
  • Doctoral pathway courses infused into the program
  • Access to a cultural liaison
  • Dedicated career services department
  • Strong alumni network of over 20,000 members

Admission Requirements:

In an effort to process your application quickly, we only accept electronic application materials.

To apply for this program, please submit:

  1. Your application for admission with a nonrefundable processing fee.
  2. Official student transcripts safely and electronically via one of the following approved companies:
    1. National Student Clearinghouse
    2. Parchment
    3. eSCRIP-SAFE
    4. Please request all transcripts to be sent to
  3. Two professional recommendations using this Recommendation Form. The recommendation should attest to your competencies, character, and potential and/or ability as an educator. Your recommenders should email the completed forms to
  4. A 1-2 page Statement of Educational Purpose emailed to
  5. (Optional) If your baccalaureate or master's degree GPA is lower than 3.0 or you're seeking an exception to our GRE or TOEFL test requirements, please fill out this Exception Request Form and email it to

International Student Requirements:

  1. Applicants who attended schools outside the United States are required to submit certified transcripts in English. Submitted transcripts must include a cumulative grade point average (GPA on a 4.0 scale, A = 4.0) that has been evaluated by a NACES member credential service ( such as the World Education Services, Inc. ( or the International Education Research Foundation (
  2. If you have not completed your bachelor's degree at the time of application, submit a current transcript. Upon degree completion, you are required to provide official transcripts in a sealed envelope prior to enrollment.

Mailing Address:

Pepperdine Graduate School of Education and Psychology Admissions

6100 Center Drive 5th Floor

Los Angeles, CA 90045, USA

Note: If your first language is not English, you must submit a minimum score of 550 on the Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL). If taking the Internet-based TOEFL test, you will need a minimum score of 80. Information concerning the availability of this test outside of the US can be obtained by contacting TOEFL, Educational Testing Services, Princeton, NJ 08540, USA or online at As an alternative to the TOEFL, you may submit a score of at least 6.5 on the IELTS exam.

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Last updated February 7, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
1 year
1,195 USD
per unit.