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The following documents are required for admission:

  • Application form
  • One recent passport-size color photograph
  • Official English language proficiency test score report if you are a non-native English speaker (mail original*)
  • Official transcripts.† (mail original*)
  • Official transcripts documenting at least one course in each of the following: accounting, finance and economics.†††† (mail original*)
  • documenting a minimum of 5 years of work or teaching experience in a relevant area of business††††
  • Resume ††
  • Brief Statement.††
  • 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 possible research that the applicant envisions undertaking for the dissertation that demonstrates his/her research experience and abilities. +++
  • Three reference letters (on letterhead with contact information) 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.

†††† DBA Only
††† Ed.D TESOL Only
†† MA TESOL or MFA Only
† Not applicable to TESOL/TEYL Certificate Programs


*scanned copies are accepted to expedite application process while waiting for originals to arrive in the mail


Documents can be uploaded as part of the online application form, emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or posted in the mail to the address in Step 5. The complete list of Entrance Requirements for each program can be found here.





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

    • Application form
    • Application fee ($50)
    • One recent color photograph (digital is okay)
    • A scan of a current, government-issued photo ID
    • 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. (Note: If the school does not routinely issue transcripts in English, original language records must be submitted with official English translations. We will accept translations issued by the university or by the following professional translation services: Accredited Language Services; Berlitz; Liaison Linguistics; Josef Silny & Associates; American Evaluation & Translation Services (AETS); and Education Evaluators International. Translations must be exact and complete versions of the original records.)


Non-native English speakers must demonstrate college-level proficiency by providing original documentation 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 (“C” average)
  • Transcript from an accredited institution indicating a “C” or higher in an English composition class.
  • A minimum TOEFL score of 500 PBT / 173 CBT/ 61 iBT.
  • A minimum TOEIC score of 625.
  • A minimum IELTS score of 6.0.
  • A minimum PTE (Pearson Test of English Academic Score Report) of 44.
  • A minimum BULATS Level 3 (60), accepted only for Cultura Inglesa 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.


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

Internet Access: All students are required to have access to a computer equipped with Internet access capabilities.

Entrance Examination:  There is no entrance examination required for admission to Anaheim University.

We currently do not accept students who reside in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Wyoming due to regulatory matters. For more information, please call our Vice President of Administrative Affairs at 714-772-3330

David Nunan, Ph.D

Director, David Nunan TESOL Institute

David Nunan, Ph.D.

Master of Arts in TESOL Designer & David Nunan TESOL Institute Director
Senior Professor: TESOL

Dr. David Nunan is the Director of the Anaheim University David Nunan TESOL Institute and Senior Professor of TESOL for the Anaheim University Graduate School of Education. He was the founding Dean of the Anaheim University Graduate School of Education and previously served as President of Anaheim University from 2006 to 2008 and as Vice-President for Academic Affairs from 2008 to 2013. Dr. David Nunan is former president of TESOL, the world's largest language-teaching organization. Dr. Nunan...

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Jimalee Sowell, M.A.

SowellJimalee.png, MAJimalee Sowell, MA

Certificate Program Coordinator, David Nunan TESOL Institute
Instructor: TESOL

Jimalee Sowell is a Ph.D. candidate in Composition and Applied Linguistics at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and holds an MATESOL degree from SIT Graduate Institute. Ms. Sowell has worked as an English language teacher and teacher trainer since 2000. Ms. Sowell has worked in a variety of contexts including South Korea, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Ecuador, Uganda, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Côte d’Ivoire. Her research interests include writing instruction, peace education, genre analysis, disability...

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The AU Diploma in TESOL degree program allows you to study online while working full time and fulfilling your personal responsibilities. All four courses in the program are taught 100% online.

Each course is 15 weeks long. New courses begin on the first Monday of each month. The Undergraduate Diploma in TESOL program will take about 60 weeks to complete.

Below is a suggested guideline for weekly study:

Weekly Study Format
150 minutes video lecture & Powerpoint presentation (view video, review Powerpoint, take notes)
150 minutes background reading
120 minutes preparation of responses to discussion questions and tasks
90 minutes discussion forum
30 minutes online quiz
9 hours per week total
Duration: 15 weeks x 9 hours per week = 135-hour course


The Diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages has two main aims: (i) to explore the structure, grammar and phonology of the English language and (ii) to help prospective teachers increase their knowledge and understanding of teaching techniques and methodologies and develop their teaching skills.

The non-credit program examines English language teaching in relation to methods, assessment and evaluation, and materials development by:

  • Developing knowledge of the structure and grammar of English for use in the language teaching setting.
  • Increasing understanding of effective English language teaching methodologies.
  • Examining principles, issues and trends in English language learning and teaching in a range of learning contexts.

Introduction to TESOL
This program is designed for language teachers, teachers in preparation or intending teachers. It offers a practical introduction to language teaching and links practice to theory and research. The program offers students the opportunity of developing a solid pedagogical foundation through instruction in the following areas: language teaching methodology, listening, speaking, reading, writing, pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar, discourse, content-based instruction, using coursebooks, computer assisted language learning, learning styles and strategies, learner autonomy in the classroom, classroom-based assessment, and cross-cultural communication.

English Language Teaching Methodology
When someone teaches, they usually employ a range of activities in certain conditions that form an approach. When an approach has a theoretical background to it, it is a methodology. In this course, we look at different methodologies for TESOL, with an emphasis on the theory, principles, and procedures of the Communicative Method. However, in practice, most teachers employ a range of methodologies.

English Language Teaching Assessment
Assessment is an essential part of the teaching and learning process. Assessment not only identifies learners’ strengths and weaknesses, it also identifies strengths and weaknesses in teaching and learning materials. In this course, we explore how assessment can be used in a formative sense, to help evaluate learners’ performance, as well as in the summative sense, where assessments are used to determine the effectiveness of teaching and learning. In this course, we review the role of assessment and examine ways to ensure that assessment is fair and effectively and efficiently reflects both teaching and learning.

Material Development in English Language Teaching
Materials development is concerned with all the resources available for helping the teaching and learning process. These resources include professionally printed products such as textbooks, activity books & teacher guides as well as CD-ROM, DVD, and online computer resources. Resources also include those materials created by teachers & students. In this course, we review various re- source options, discuss their advantages & disadvantages, and outline ways in which teachers can both use and create effective and efficient materials to help in the teaching and learning process.

Undergraduate Diploma in TESOL Course Schedule 2023

New courses begin on the first Monday of the month.

January 2, 2023

July 3, 2023

February 6, 2023
August 7, 2023
March 6, 2023
September 4, 2023
April 3, 2023
October 2, 2023
May 1, 2023
November 6, 2023
June 5, 2023
December 4, 2023

Undergraduate Diploma in TESOL Program Fees

Affordable Pay-As-You-Learn System: Pay for only one course at a time.

Application and Registration Fees
Application Fee
(Non-refundable after 7 days)
$ 50
Registration Fee
(Non-refundable after 7 days)
Records Fee $200
STRF Fee* (non-refundable, CA residents only) $8.50
Per Course Fees
Tuition Fee $750 / course taken
Per Course Fee Total: $750
Diploma No cost
Replacement Diploma $ 100 (optional)
Replacement Cover $ 50 (optional)
Course Completion Letter $ 35 (optional)

Program Total $3,350*


Please Note: Textbook fees are not included in the above fee schedule. A student can expect to pay around $50 for textbooks in this program.

**Assumes completion in 4 terms.

*Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF): The Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) is administered by the California BPPE and applies only to California residents. The STRF fee is currently two dollars and fifty cents ($2.50) per one thousand dollars ($1,000) of institutional charges The State of California established the Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) to relieve or mitigate economic loss suffered by a student in an educational program at a qualifying institution, who is or was a California resident while enrolled or was enrolled in a residency program, if the student enrolled in the institution, prepaid tuition, and suffered an economic loss. Unless relieved of the obligation to do so, you must pay the state-imposed assessment for the STRF, or it must be paid on your behalf, if you are a student in an educational program, who is a California resident, or are enrolled in a residency program, and prepay all or part of your tuition. You are not eligible for protection from the STRF and you are not required to pay the STRF assessment, if you are not a California resident, or are not enrolled in a residency program.

Tuition may be paid on a course-by-course basis.

Students interested in inquiring about non-interest-bearing monthly payment plan options should e-mail registrar @

Students who pay all program fees at one time are eligible for a 10% discount on tuition.

Students may make payment by check, credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover), money order, or bank transfer (the student is responsible for any transaction fees imposed by the institution). 

Please e-mail registrar @ for information on how to make payments.

* An extension may be granted by the Dean to students requiring more time to complete the program. Students requiring a 15-week extension will be charged an additional $200 extension fee per course.