"What I liked best about the program was the integration of the reading from Dr. Nunan’s book, the video/lectures that supported the reading and vice versa, plus having Professor Marie Webb encouragingly responding to what I wrote and giving me further resources/thoughts to consider in my teaching. I felt very fortunate to have such dedicated attention from Professor Webb in answering questions or comments. The online experience was very convenient and well-paced for my fairly busy schedule.” – Kwansei Gakuin University Elementary School (Japan) English Staff Ryan Fujii


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 and the wo...

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Jimalee Sowell, M.A.

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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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Teaching English to Young Learners Certificate Program Fees

Application Fee (non-refundable after 7 days): $ 50
Registration Fee (non-refundable after 7 days): $100
STRF Fee* (non-refundable, CA residents only): $   0
Tuition: $750
Certificate no charge
Replacement Certificate $ 100 (optional)
Replacement Cover $ 50 (optional)
Course Completion Letter $ 35 (optional)

TOTAL: $900


IMG 0295Students are expected to complete the TESOL Certificate within the prescribed 15-week term. Students requiring a 15-week extension will be charged an additional $200 extension fee.

Note: The list of tuition fees does not include textbook fees. The Textbook is approximately $27 in traditional book format or approximately $9.99 in e-book format.

Payments can be made by check, credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover), money order or bank transfer (the student is responsible for any transactions fees imposed by the institution). The application fee must be paid at the time of application.

Please note that students who register and pay for the course seven days or less before the scheduled start date will pay an expedited registration fee of $40. 

Join Anaheim University's Online MA in TESOL after Completing the TESOL Certificate: After completing the TESOL Certificate, continue into Anaheim University’s Online MA in TESOL or Online Graduate Diploma in TESOL program and you will be waived the tuition fee for two units of credit. Students must complete the TESOL Certificate with grade of B or higher, meet all entrance requirements for the MA or Graduate Diploma in TESOL and be accepted into the MA or Graduate Diploma in TESOL program.

*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.

U.S. Military:  Anaheim University's programs are approved for VA benefits.

An application for a Teaching English to Young Learners (TEYL) Certificate 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


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 (“C” average)
    (Note:  If the university 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.)
  • 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, and Rhode Island due to regulatory matters. For more information, please call our Vice President of Administrative Affairs at 714-772-3330.

Online Certificate in Teaching English to Young Learners Course Schedule 2022

New courses begin on the first Monday of the month.

January 3, 2022

July 4, 2022

February 7, 2022
August 1, 2022
March 8, 2022
September 5, 2022
April 4, 2022
October 3, 2022
May 2, 2022
November 7, 2022
June 6, 2022
December 5, 2022

The objectives of the Certificate in Teaching English to Young Learners are:

  • To introduce TEYL theory, research and practice to relatively inexperienced or unqualified teachers that is accessible and that is supported by a wide range of teaching materials, teaching ideas and classroom extracts.
  • To encourage self-direction on the part of students through the provision of follow up resources and ideas.
  • To develop the necessary knowledge, attitudes and skills to enable those students who desire it to go on to higher study.
  • To present content through a range of print, audio and video media.
  • To foster the development of higher level thinking skills such as the critical evaluation of pedagogical materials.


Upon successful completion of the Teaching English to Young Learners Certificate program, students will be able to:

  • discuss the practical implications of learner characteristics at different developmental stages between birth and puberty.
  • discuss the effect of chronological age on second language acquisition.
  • state key principles in the teaching of listening, speaking, reading, writing, vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation to young learners.
  • adopt, adapt or create a range of tasks for teaching listening, speaking, reading, writing, vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation to learners at different ages and stages of development.
  • discuss the teaching of styles to younger language learners.
  • articulate the importance of emotions in language learning.
  • suggest strategies for building parental relationships and educating parents about their children’s learning.
  • suggest techniques for creating a positive classroom atmosphere.
  • state the benefits of realia and visuals in the language classroom.
  • explain a number of different models for using Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL) in the language classroom
  • describe the purposes of assessment, and say how the purposes will determine a range of other factors including techniques for assessment.