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TESOL vs. TEFL

AU Dean Dr. David Nunan with MA TESOL students at 2011 residential session at Downtown Disney in Anaheim, California

TESOL is an acronym used to describe the field of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. Throughout the history of language teaching, we have used numerous terms to describe the field such as:

  • TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language)
  • TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language)
  • TEAL (Teaching English as an Additional Language) and several other terms.

However, the field as a whole has never been able to agree upon one single term to describe our profession. In practice, there is essentially no difference between TESOL, TEFL, or TESL. All of these terms are used to describe the teaching of English to non-native speakers of the English language. However, Anaheim University has chosen to adopt the term TESOL, as it is currently the most widely recognized term used in the field of English Language Teaching.

 

TESOL Residential Sessions

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Residential Sessions at Anaheim University TESOL Retreat

  • Attendance at 2 four-day intensive residential sessions are required during the MA in TESOL program
  • Study face-to-face with AU's renowned TESOL faculty and students from around the world
  • Explore "TESOL in Practice" and "Theoretical & Empirical Perspectives on TESOL" topics. Students attend "TESOL in Practice" during their first residential session and"Theoretical & Empirical Perspectives on TESOL" during their 2nd residential session.
  • Residential sessions are held in California and other select locations.
  • In the past, residential sessions have been held on the campuses of:
    • California State University Fullerton in Fullerton, California
    • Alliant International University in San Diego, and Irvine California
    • University of Hawaii in Honolulu, Hawaii
    • Sookmyung Women's University in Seoul, Korea
    • Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Seoul, Korea
    • classroom facilities in Tokyo, Japan
Click here to see a photo gallery of previous residential sessions

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When & How Long?

When can I begin studying in the program?

Ed.D., MA & Graduate Diploma in TESOL courses begin every 10 weeks. TESOL Certificate & Teaching English to Young Learners (TEYL) certificate courses begin the first Monday of every month.

How long will it take to complete a course?

Each Ed.D., MA and Graduate Diploma in TESOL course is nine weeks in duration. The TESOL Certificate and Certificate in Teaching English to Young Learners programs are 15 weeks in duration.

How long will it take to complete the Ed.D., MA or Graduate Diploma in TESOL program?

For the Ed.D. in TESOL, students following the course schedule can complete the required courses and dissertation in approximately 3.5 to 4 years. PLEASE NOTE: Ed.D. students shall endeavor to enroll in both courses when two are offered in a term in order to continue making satisfactory progress in their program. Failure to take both courses when two are offered may prevent a student from completing his/her program in the allotted time, as all course work must be completed before a student will be allowed to advance to the dissertation phase of the program.

For the MA in TESOL, students completing one course per term can complete the ten required courses and research portfolio in just over two years. Graduate Diploma in TESOL students can complete the program in approximately one year.

What is the maximum time allotted to complete the MA in TESOL degree program?

Students must complete their entire degree program within 3 years from date of matriculation. Students requiring additional time would need to be approved by the Dean and may incur additional fees. A student is considered to have completed the MA in TESOL degree program when the student has completed all courses with an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher and attended two x four-day residential sessions.

What is the maximum time allotted to complete the Ed.D. in TESOL degree program?

Students must complete their entire degree program within 5 years from date of matriculation. Students requiring additional time would need to be approved by the Dean and may incur additional fees. A student is considered to have completed the Ed.D. in TESOL degree program when the student has completed all courses with an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher and attended two x four-day residential sessions. Under no circumstances may the Ed.D. in TESOL program be completed in less than two years from the date of initial enrollment or more than ten years from the date of initial enrollment.

PLEASE NOTE: Ed.D. students shall endeavor to enroll in both courses when two are offered in a term in order to continue making satisfactory progress in their program. Failure to take both courses when two are offered may prevent a student from completing his/her program in the allotted time, as all course work must be completed before a student will be allowed to advance to the dissertation phase of the program.

How many courses do I need to take to be considered a full-time student at Anaheim University?

We consider a student who takes a minimum of one course every semester to be a full-time student. To determine this status for financial aid purposes, please follow-up with the financial aid institution to determine their specific requirements.

 

Why Study Online?

STUDY ONLINE AND HELP PRESERVE THE ENVIRONMENT

Anaheim University is an online and environmentally-friendly university developed to meet the practical needs of students in the 21st Century. The nature of online education allows for the tremendous saving of resources both financially and environmentally through the use of:

  • e-books
  • e-assignments
  • electronic journals
  • electronic libraries and information systems
  • online classrooms
  • online discussion forums
  • globally accessible webcast seminars

The financial savings are passed on to students through low-cost tuition. Our students and professors study and work from where ever they are. This helps to preserve a tremendous amount of resources:

  • Brick and mortar buildings and other structures do not need to be constructed, lit, cooled and heated in order to house online classrooms.
  • Petroleum does not need to be used to fuel air travel for international students and ground transportation for local commuters.

A tremendous amount of energy and resources is conserved when operating educational programs online, as opposed to on a traditional brick and mortar campus, or in high-tech city structures.

Anaheim University's Kisho Kurokawa Green Institute is currently conducting studies into sustainable management of universities. At the end of this study, statistics will be provided on the estimated energy savings per student studying in an online environment as opposed to an on-campus environment.

The following are a few statistics provided by reports from traditional universities who are attempting to reduce their use of energy.

  • In a recent energy management report from a division of an east-coast based state University's Utilities and Plant Engineering Organization, in the fiscal year 2006 alone, it cost the University $107,500,000 to heat, cool, light and power their more than 27.5 million square feet of building space.
  • In the fiscal year of 2005,the electricity consumption alone for the campus of a 5,000 student research university on the east coast of the U.S. indirectly resulted in the emission of approximately 74 million pounds of CO2, just under 40 million kWh's of electricity was used on the main campus and the gym alone, and the University Central Heating Plant's natural gas usage was approximately 300,000 mmBTU
 

Admissions & Enrollment Questions

What language proficiency requirements are there for non-native English speakers?

For the TESOL programs, non-native English speakers must demonstrate college-level proficiency in one of the following ways:

  • Degree from an accredited institution where English is the primary language of instruction.
  • Transcript from an accredited institution indicating completion of at least 30 semester hours of credit where the language of instruction was English (“B” average for Ed.D, Masters, Graduate Programs & Graduate Certificates; “C” average for TESOL Certificate, Teaching English to Young Learners Program or TESOL Undergrad).
  • Transcript from an accredited institution indicating a “B” or higher in an English composition class (Ed.D, Masters, Graduate Programs & Graduate Certificates); “C” or higher for TESOL Certificate, Teaching English to Young Learners Program or TESOL Undergrad.
  • A minimum TOEFL score of 530 PBT / 197 CBT/ 71 iBT
  • A minimum TOEIC score of 800 (Ed.D, Masters, Graduate Programs & Graduate Certificates); 625 (TESOL Certificate, Teaching English to Young Learners Program or TESOL Undergrad).
  • A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 (Ed.D, Masters, Graduate Programs & Graduate Certificates); 6.0 (TESOL Certificate, Teaching English to Young Learners Program or TESOL Undergrad).
  • A minimum PTE (Pearson Test of English Academic Score Report) of 58 (Ed.D); 50 (Masters, Graduate Programs & Graduate Certificates); 44 (TESOL Certificate, Teaching English to Young Learners Program or TESOL Undergrad).
  • A minimum BULATS Level 3 (60), accepted only for Cultura Inglesia in Brazil.
  • A minimum grade of Level 3 on the ACT COMPASS’s English as a Second Language Placement Test.
  • A minimum grade of Pre-1 on the Eiken English Proficiency Exam.
  • A minimum B2 English proficiency level identified within the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) Standards and assessed through various ESOL examinations, including the University of Cambridge.

Is a bachelor's degree required for admission?

Yes. Anaheim University requires applicants for the MA and Graduate Diploma in TESOL to have a minimum of a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution recognized by the US Department of Education and/or CHEA, or by the government of the country in which the degree was awarded. A bachelor’s degree is not required for admission to the Certificate in TESOL or TEYL programs.

Can students with an undergraduate degree from a foreign university, such as a Japanese university, enter the AU Master or Graduate Diploma in TESOL program?

Yes. Anaheim University accepts bachelor's degrees from any country as long as the degree is recognized by the government or education ministry of the country in which it was conferred.

What does it mean to be a matriculated student?

Matriculated students are those who have been officially enrolled in the degree program and are considered degree-seekers by the University, having completed at least two courses with a grade of B or better. Students who are simply attending a single course are not considered to be matriculated students.

How do I apply for the program?

You can apply online by going to www.anaheim.edu/admissiions/how-to-apply. Or, you may download a pdf version of the application form at www.anaheim.edu/admissions/downloadable-forms and either scan and email it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or print it out and mail to:
Anaheim University
Office of Admissions Rm. 110
1240 South State College Blvd.
Anaheim, CA 92806
USA

Can students who have taken courses at other universities transfer their credit into the AU MA or Graduate Diploma in TESOL program?

Yes. In accordance with California Education Code regulations, graduate students may transfer a maximum of six credits from another university into a Master's degree program.

Is the GMAT or GRE required for admission?

No. Neither the GMAT nor the GRE are required for admission into Anaheim University's programs.

Does AU award credit for professional or life experience?

No. Anaheim University does not award credit for professional or life experience.

Is an entrance examination required?

No. Other than the English proficiency requirements, AU does not require applicants to take an admission or entrance examination.

Do students have to enroll in the entire degree program, or can they simply enroll in one course to see how they like it?

Students may enroll in only one course, or as many courses as they wish. There is no obligation to complete the entire degree program once you have started.

Do students need to have computer access prior to enrolling?

Yes. Every student must have access to the Internet and a computer with word processing software in order to study in Anaheim University's programs. This does not mean that the student must own a computer. In some cases, students participate in AU courses and use rental computers through local Internet cafes, etc.

How soon after applying can students begin their studies?

A student's application must be reviewed by the Office of Admissions and approved by the Dean. The approval process can usually be completed within one week after receipt of all required application documents. Following approval and acceptance into the University, a new student can begin his/her studies at the beginning of the next term as long as space is available. New terms begin every ten weeks for the MA and Graduate Diploma in TESOL programs and on the first Monday of every month for the TESOL/TEYL certificate programs. It is recommended that you submit your application at least two weeks prior to the commencement of the term, so that there is sufficient time for course materials and other related information to be sent to you.

Applicants who wish to become an enrolled student must commence their academic program within 2 terms from the time of enrollment in order to keep their status as an enrolled student. Students who do not begin their program within 2 terms, must begin paying the $200 records fee for each term they do not commence a course in order to keep their status as an enrolled student. Students who do not keep their status as an enrolled student but wish to begin their studies at a later date, are subject to going through the application process from the beginning and be subject to the polices, procedures and tuition fees in effect at that time.

Do I need to attend the weekly real-time class meetings?

The weekly real-time class meetings are an integral part of the TESOL degree programs, and participation is expected and graded. (There are no real-time class meetings in the TESOL Certificate programs). That said, we understand that an unexpected circumstance may prevent a student from attending a class, and for this reason the online classes are recorded and posted in the course resources for review. Students must attend at least 6 out of the 8 real-time classes.

Can students who have taken courses at other universities transfer their credit into the TESOL Doctor of Education (Ed.D), Master of Arts (MA) or Graduate Diploma at Anaheim University?

Anaheim University will accept up to two graduate semester classes or 8 units awarded by another institution toward a TESOL Doctor of Education (Ed.D), Master of Arts (MA) or Graduate Diploma at Anaheim University. The entering student will be required to clearly demonstrate the equivalency of a transfer course through relevant documents (syllabus, catalog, course outline) and justify its acceptance through petition. No course will be considered for transfer with a grade lower than a “B” or its equivalent. Petitions are directed to the specific Dean for the affected program. There is a fee of $125 (Masters) or $175 (Ed.D) per unit and the overall program cost will be adjusted to reflect credit for the approved class(es). All petitions for transfer credit must be submitted as part of the student’s initial application to the University. Credits awarded as part of another degree will not be accepted for transfer. Anaheim University has not entered into an articulation or transfer agreement with any other college or university.

Do you accept applications from students residing in all 50 states?

No. We currently do not accept students who reside in Alabama, Arkansas, Maryland, and Minnesota due to regulatory matters. For more information, please call our Admissions Director at 714-772-3330.

May I audit a course?

Yes. Students who elect to audit a course are not required to complete assignments or take exams. Audit students may participate in the Online Discussion Forum, the real-time classes and other course activities (except team projects), but they do not receive credit for the course and no grades are awarded. To audit a course, students must meet the University's entrance requirements and receive permission from the course professor and the Dean. Course audits are approved on a space available basis with priority given to credit students. The audit fee for graduate level courses is $200 per unit (i.e., $800 for a four-unit course). Audit fees are subject to the University's normal fee refund policy. The audit fee is waived for students who have been awarded transfer credit by Anaheim University and who audit the equivalent course. Auditing students will be required to pay the $200 records fees per term in line with the University's tuition policy. The course will appear on transcripts with a notation of "Au" (audit). Audited courses are not calculated into a student's GPA. Students can repeat for credit a course previously audited only with approval of the Dean. A request to change from audit status to credit status or from credit status to audit status must be made in writing to the Registrar before the end of the first week of the course.

 

Entrance Requirements

1. TESOL Doctor of Education (Ed.D)

An application for the TESOL Doctor of Education (Ed.D) Program must include the following:

  • Application form
  • Application fee ($75)
  • One recent color photograph (digital is okay).
  • Official transcripts, licenses or certificates. The Ed.D in TESOL Program requires a Masters degree in TESOL or Applied Linguistics or in a relevant area of Education required from an accredited institution recognized by the US Department of Education and/or CHEA, or by the government of the country in which the degree was awarded, and with an overall GPA of no less than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or equivalent from non-USA Institutions.
  • A resume documenting a minimum of 4 years experience in some aspect of TESOL (teaching, teacher education or publishing).
  • An outline (1,000 words) of the research that the applicant envisions undertaking for the dissertation.
  • Three references attesting to personal and professional qualifications.  One reference must be from each of the following:
  • A recent employer.  
  • A TESOL professional who can attest to the applicant’s potential as a doctoral student.
  • A member of the academic faculty where the applicant completed his/her MA.
  • Non-native English speakers must demonstrate college-level proficiency (see “Admissions and Enrollment Questions” for a complete list of how to demonstrate college-level proficiency).  


Once your application materials have been approved, you will need to submit an Enrollment Agreement and tuition payment to complete the enrollment process.


2. TESOL: Master of Arts (MA) and Graduate Diploma

An application for a TESOL Master of Arts (MA) or a TESOL Graduate Diploma must include the following:

  • Application form
  • Application fee ($75)
  • One recent color photograph (digital is okay).   
  • Official undergraduate transcripts from an accredited institution recognized by the US Department of Education and/or CHEA, or by the government of the country in which the degree was awarded, in a sealed envelope from the awarding institution.  
  • A resume.
  • A brief statement (300-400 words) indicating why you have selected the Anaheim University program, what you hope to get out of it, and how it will help you in your present and future career.
  • Non-native English speakers must demonstrate college-level proficiency (see “Admissions and Enrollment Questions” for a complete list of how to demonstrate college-level proficiency).  


Once your application materials have been approved, you will need to submit an Enrollment Agreement and tuition payment to complete the enrollment process.


3. TESOL Undergraduate Diploma

An application for a TESOL Undergraduate   Diploma must include the following:

  • Application form
  • Application fee ($50)
  • One recent color photograph (digital is okay).   
  • Official high school transcripts or equivalent (GED, certificate of high school equivalency, documentation of completion of state-approved home school program, DD214 military form indicating high school completion) from an accredited institution in a sealed envelope from the awarding institution.  
  • Non-native English speakers must demonstrate college-level proficiency (see “Admissions and Enrollment Questions” for a complete list of how to demonstrate college-level proficiency).  


Once your application materials have been approved, you will need to submit an Enrollment Agreement and tuition payment to complete the enrollment process.


4. TESOL Certificate and Teaching English to Young Learners (TEYL) Certificate

An application for a TESOL Certificate or a Teaching English to Young Learners (TEYL) Certificate must include the following:

  • Application form
  • Application fee ($50)
  • One recent color photograph (digital is okay).   
  • Non-native English speakers must demonstrate college-level proficiency (see “Admissions and Enrollment Questions” for a complete list of how to demonstrate college-level proficiency).  

Once your application materials have been approved, you will need to submit an Enrollment Agreement and tuition payment to complete the enrollment process.

Residency Requirements

Dr. Rod Ellis at Anaheim University - Universidad de la Sabana TESOL residential session Can the TESOL programs be completed entirely by home study?

There are 2 x 4-day residential sessions required for the Ed.D. and MA in TESOL programs. The Graduate Diploma in TESOL, TESOL Certificate & Teaching English to Young Learners (TEYL) programs are 100% online with no residential requirements

Where are the Ed.D and MA TESOL on-campus residential sessions held?

Residential sessions are held in California and other select locations. In the past, residential sessions have been held at California State University Fullerton (Fullerton, California); Alliant International University (San Diego, California); University of Hawaii (Honolulu, Hawaii); Sookmyung Women's University (Seoul, Korea), Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (Seoul, Korea); Universidad de la Sabana (Bogota, Colombia), and in classroom facilities in Tokyo, Japan.

What is the schedule for the Ed.D. and MA TESOL residential sessions?

Click here to see the MA TESOL Course Schedule.
Click here to see the Ed.D TESOL Course Schedule .

Please note that these dates are tentative and subject to change.

How much time do students spend on campus in Ed.D. and MA TESOL residential sessions?

The average residential session begins on a Thursday and ends on the following Sunday, or runs from a Saturday to the following Tuesday. Students normally spend approximately 27 hours in the classroom per session.

What do I do if I am unable to attend a scheduled Ed.D or MA TESOL residential session?

If a student is unable to attend a scheduled residential session, s/he may attend a different residential session in the future. In such an event, this may cause a delay in the student's degree completion process.

Does Anaheim University provide dormitories at Ed.D. and MA TESOL residential sessions?

Currently, the University does not provide dormitory rooms for students attending residential sessions. However, a number of hotels located in close proximity to the residential sessions offer discounts to Anaheim University students attending the residential sessions. This information is provided to students prior to the sessions.

Can I take the two required residential sessions at the same time?

No. Classes for the two residential sessions are held at the same time in different classrooms, making it impossible to attend both during one residential session.

Is there a practicum? Will I have to do student teaching?

We generally only accept experienced teachers into the Ed.D and MA TESOL programs, as we believe that a masters degree is a post, not pre-experience degree. There is no provision for a practicum, because the assumption is that those doing the degree will be teaching at the same time as they do the degree. During the course they are encouraged, and indeed expected, to apply the knowledge and skills they are acquiring in studying for the degree to their daily teaching lives. There is no practicum in the degree for two reasons. Firstly, it is neither necessary nor feasible for practicing teachers, who are working full-time, to take time out for practicum placement. Secondly, the cost of arranging and paying for supervision is very high and would significantly increase the cost of the degree. It is therefore assumed that people without experience who apply for and are accepted into the course are aware of this, and will arrange for practical experience, both observing experienced teachers in action and being observed doing some teaching themselves. It is quite rare for individuals without experience to apply for and be accepted into the course. We do not have teaching experience as an entry requirement, as it then becomes a Catch 22 for individuals who want to break into the field. The classroom management and observation course requires some contact with classroom instruction. Occasionally we have experienced teachers doing the course who are not currently teaching and who, for various reasons (e.g. young children at home) have difficulty getting access to classrooms. In this case, we negotiate alternative options for them. There is no doubt that individuals with no experience whatever are at a disadvantage. However, as indicated above, there are ways of compensating for this, and we do our best to help them deal with this disadvantage.

 
 

Student Support

Do students have regular contact with their professors?

Yes. Students in all TESOL programs are in regular contact with their professors in the Online Discussion Forum. In addition, students in the Ed.D., MA and Graduate Diploma in TESOL programs communicate with their professors in an online face-to-face setting through the real-time online webcam classes.

May I contact my professor by e-mail?

Yes. The professor's e-mail address is typically listed in the online course guide.

Do I have regular contact with other students in my course?

Yes. Through the University's Online Discussion Forum, students communicate regularly with all other students enrolled in the same course. Each week, a student is nominated as "Student Host." It is the Student Host's responsibility to encourage students to participate and to keep discussions going by presenting topics for discussion. This Student Host system in conjunction with the real-time online webcam classes has proven to be so effective, it is said that AU students have more contact with their professors and fellow students than most students do in on-campus programs! To further enhance this communication, AU students have the option of having their e-mail address connected to the Forum discussions allowing 24-7 access to conversations from students and professors from around the world.

Is there any support for students who do not have access to major libraries?

Yes. The AU online library offers students 24-hour access to a vast collection of publications and other printed resources available in digital format for their research. LIRN was developed by a team of professionals who have evaluated thousands of Internet resources to identify and annotate only those deemed useful to students doing academic or professional research on the Web. The LIRN offers academically appropriate, Internet-based resources. Each resource is updated regularly to ensure quality, accuracy, and currency.

How can I purchase textbooks?

AU students may order textbooks through the Anaheim University Online Bookstore. The Online Bookstore provides a competitive and reliable textbook service that ensures receipt of the correct textbook in a timely manner. Purchases will be subject to the refund policy of the bookstore.

Is there an alumni association?

Yes. AU's Alumni Association for lifelong learning is more than just a membership. As graduates of AU, students are automatically enrolled in a learning process that will extend beyond their degree. The University fully subscribes to the principle that "learning never ends." One of the great advantages of the online university is that students can maintain contact with the University, the faculty and fellow classmates throughout their lifetime. The Alumni Association will send students up-to-date information on new developments, suggested readings, cutting-edge information, occupational trends, and professional career opportunities.

How can I learn about upcoming events in my field of study?

Students wishing to read or post announcements about upcoming events, seminars, fairs, conventions, etc. or other subjects of academic interest to students in their major or to all AU students may do so through the AU Online Discussion Forum.

Is it possible to publish my research through Anaheim University?

Yes. The Anaheim University Press is an online innovation that provides opportunities for faculty and students to individually or collectively publish articles and research reports that will be made available for global interest. In addition to these online services, graduate theses and projects may be published, furthering the work of research in the fields of study represented by the University's programs.

What are the Research Portfolio and Thesis for the Master of Arts (MA) in TESOL, and what guidance, if any, do I get preparing it?

Students will have a choice of culminating their program with either a thesis option or a research portfolio option. A number of courses in the MA TESOL provide students with an opportunity to conduct a small scale research project and write a report. For the EDU 600 Research Portfolio course, students will be required to submit reports of TWO such studies. Students will need to revise the reports in the light of the feedback that they received on their original reports. As with all of our courses, a professor is assigned to EDU 600 to instruct students and offer academic guidance and support.

The thesis option provides students with an opportunity to identify an issue or problem arising out of their prior coursework or their own professional experience. They can then design and carry out an original piece of empirical research, and present the results in a substantial piece of writing

Is there a graduation ceremony?

Yes. The University holds graduation ceremonies from time to time and although it is not mandatory all students are welcome to take part.

What is the Dissertation for the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in TESOL, and what guidance, if any, do I get preparing it?

The Dissertation is the culminating component of the EdD. The dissertation should report an original piece of research and make a significant contribution to the field of TESOL. Students will select and work with a Dissertation Committee to write a draft research proposal, and they will keep in regular contact with the Dissertation Committee members to discuss issues and to present draft chapters. Anaheim University will schedule an oral defence of the dissertation, which will be conducted in an online classroom and will normally last between one and two hours

 
 

Tuition & Fees Payments

AU TESOL Professor Dr. Ken Beatty (Front Center) with students at Anaheim University - Universidad de la Sabana TESOL Residential Session in Bogota, Colombia

Are fees for international students and California residents different?

No. Anaheim University's tuition fees are the same no matter where the student resides.

How are tuition payments handled?

All payments must be made in US dollars. Students may pay by credit card (American Express, MasterCard, Visa or Discover), bank transfer, check or money order made payable to Anaheim University. To pay by credit card, submit an online credit card form here or download a credit card authorization form here, complete it, and e-mail or fax it to the University. For bank wire transfer account information, please contact Anaheim University's Admissions Office. Payments are processed through the University's Admissions Offices in California. Upon acceptance, Ed.D., MA and Graduate Diploma in TESOL students must pay the registration fee, records fee and tuition fee for the first course. The Tuition and Records Fee for each course is paid no later than 2 weeks prior to course commencement. Prior to graduation, the $300 graduation fee must be paid. Where applicable, Ed.D. and MA TESOL students pay their residential session fees along with the tuition fee and records fee two weeks prior to course commencement. TESOL Certificate and Teaching English to Young Learners Certificate students pay the registration and tuition fees upon acceptance.

Are there any fees if I am unable to finish the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in TESOL or the Master of Arts (MA) in TESOL program within the minimum time allotted?

The Ed.D. in TESOL degree program will take less than four years to complete, with a maximum allotted time of five years from the date of matriculation. The MA in TESOL degree program will take two-and-a-half years to complete, with a maximum allotted time of three years from the date of matriculation. For each term that a student does not enroll in a class, he/she must still pay the $200 records fee to maintain his/her degree-seeking status

Are there any fees if I am unable to finish the TESOL Cert. program within 15 weeks?

Students are expected to complete the TESOL / TEYL Certificates within the 15-week term. Students requiring a 15-week extension will be charged an additional $200 extension fee.

Do I have to own my own computer?

No. You do not need to own your own computer. However, all students must have regular access to a computer connected to the Internet.

Do I have to purchase equipment or special software?

Students do not need special hardware or software for most of Anaheim University's online learning system. The following are webcam class system requirements:

PC Users

  • Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server
  • Dual core 2.4GHz CPU or faster with at least 2 GB of RAM
  • Internet Explorer® 7.0 or newer, Mozilla® Firefox® 3.0 or newer, or Google Chrome 5.0 or newer (JavaScript and Java enabled)
  • Internet connection with cable modem, DSL or better recommended

Mac Users

  • Mac OS® X v10.5 Leopard® or newer
  • Safari® 3.0 or newer, Firefox 3.0 or newer or Google Chrome 5.0 or newer (JavaScript and Java enabled)
  • Internet connection with cable modem, DSL or better recommended
  • Intel processor with 512 MB of RAM or better is required for video.
  • Macs with PowerPC G4/G5 processor can attend live classes, but are unable to use or view webcams.

Recommended Hardware

The online webcam software works with most standard webcams. The following webcams come highly recommended from testing

  • Logitech® HD Pro Webcam C910
  • Logitech Webcam Pro 9000
  • Logitech HD Webcam C510
  • Logitech HD Webcam C310
  • Students who wish to speak by live webcam or microphone, will be required to use a microphone/earphone headset. No headset is required to text chat.

Are textbooks included in the tuition?

No. Textbooks are not included in the tuition. Each course usually requires either one or two textbooks. It is suggested that you budget approximately $1,200 for textbooks for the entire MA in TESOL program. AU students have the opportunity of ordering their textbooks through the Anaheim University Online Bookstore, which also sells used textbooks at a discounted rate. Purchases will be subject to the refund policy of eCampus.com, which runs the bookstore.

Are there any extra library fees?

Anaheim University makes certain provisions in order to provide access to library resources and library services for all students enrolled directly through Anaheim University. However, students enrolled in Anaheim University’s online graduate degree programs are required to have an additional reserve fund to be used for the purchase of journals and research - materials that will aid them in their studies by providing information specific to their unique areas of interest and research - and to provide access to software and other resources that may help them in the completion of their studies. The research reserve fund is $1,500 for master degree students and $2,000 for doctoral students to be used over the duration of their program. Note: Students are not required to spend the entire research fund - only that amount necessary in order to carry out their research.

Can I pay by credit card?

Yes. The University currently accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover credit card. Download a credit card authorization form here.

Can I make credit card installment payments?

Yes. Credit card companies have various installment payment plans in order to accommodate students, and these plans vary based on your credit card limit. However, students in the past have made up to 36 payments by credit card installment payment plans.

Will I receive a tuition discount for paying my tuition in full?

Yes. You may pay for only one course at a time, or you may receive a 10% discount on tuition by paying your program fees in full at the time of enrollment.

 

Withdrawal from Program

How do I withdraw from my program if I am unable to continue my studies?

If you are unable to continue your studies, you should submit a cancellation request in any manner to the University. Then, a Notice of Withdrawal Form must be completed, signed and submitted to the University. The Notice of Withdrawal Form can be obtained from the Downloadable Forms section of this website, by visiting the University's Admissions office in Anaheim, CA, or by contacting Student Services at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . To receive a refund for the unused portion of tuition, you are encouraged to send a refund request by registered mail to the University's main office in Anaheim, CA.

 

Accreditation and State Approval

1. Is Anaheim University accredited?

Yes, Anaheim University is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC). The DETC is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally-recognized accrediting agency. Anaheim University and its programs have been examined and found to meet the educational and business ethics standards set by the DETC Accrediting Commission. The Accrediting Commission of the DETC is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

2. Under what authority are the University's degrees granted?

As well as being accredited, Anaheim University also operates under the full approval of the State of California in accordance with the requirements set forth by the Bureau for Private Post-Secondary Education. Original temporary approval was granted in 1997 by the Council for Private Post-Secondary and Vocational Education under Section 94310 of the California State Education Code. The temporary approval was changed to full approval in April 2007. Approval or approval to operate means that the Council has determined and certified that the institution meets minimum standards established by the Council for integrity, financial stability and educational quality, including the offering of bona fide instruction by qualified faculty and the appropriate assessment of students' achievements prior to, during, and at the end of its program. AU is authorized to grant graduate degrees at the doctoral, master, and graduate diploma levels as well as non-credit diploma and certificates under the degree granting authority of the Bureau for Private Post-Secondary Education.

3. Are the University's degree programs designed to meet specific credential requirements?

The University's degree programs are not designed to meet any local, state or national licensing or credentialing laws, nor to meet any requirements established by any private, independent, professional or governmental associations. Prospective students are instructed to check with their respective school districts, state, professional associations and government agencies when licensing and/or credentials are the eventual objective of the prospective student.

4. Are credits from Anaheim University accepted by other universities?

Anaheim University is an accredited university and generally qualifications from accredited universities are widely recognized; however, it is entirely up to the discretion of the college, university or institution to which a student is seeking admission, to decide on the acceptance of the said student into a given degree program. It is recommended that if transfer of credit or degree is the eventual goal of the prospective student, the student should contact all institutions to which s/he is potentially interested in seeking enrollment. Anaheim University has not entered into an articulation or transfer agreement with any other college or university.