Cost Estimation for 15-Unit Professional Certificate in TESOL

Application Fee$200
Program Fee$6,550
Student Service Fee$300
Medical Insurance$550
Books & Supplies$250

Housing Options

Housing Application Fee$200
International Village
  • Studio: $3,542
  • Single: $3,388
  • Double: $1,925
American Family Homestay
  • Cost per week: $225
  • Cost per day: $33

The information provided is designed to just give you an idea of the approximate costs of attending our programs. Actual amounts depend on several factors, such as arrival and departure dates, services requested, and others.

This is not an official invoice, it cannot be used as an official document for any payment related issue or procedure

Actual amounts will be provided on an official invoice after complete application materials have been received.

All prices are in U.S. Dollars (US$)

All courses, dates and fees are subject to change without notice

15-Unit Professional Certificate in TESOL

15-Unit Professional Certificate in TESOL

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Upcoming Dates


Winter 2018
Jan 2 - Mar 23

Spring 2018
Mar 26 - Jun 15

Summer 2018
Jun 18 - Sept 7

Fall 2018
Sept 24 - Dec 14



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Whether you are a new or experienced teacher, this program can help you develop skills for teaching English-language learners. You'll learn how to plan and deliver an ESL or EFL lesson, and how to teach specific language skills. You'll also learn current theories behind teaching, observe professional teachers, and even tutor real ESL students. By the end of the program, you'll be ready to teach and inspire English-language learners all over the world, and you'll be prepared for graduate study in Education or TESOL in the United States.

What You'll Learn

Program Objectives

  • How to evaluate students, materials, and teaching contexts to determine the best approaches for teaching.
  • Ways to apply knowledge of linguistics, language acquisition, English grammar, and teaching methods to real teaching scenarios.
  • Methods for creating activities and lesson plans that reflect current and effective approaches to teaching ESL/EFL.
  • How to deliver effective lesson plans through practice teaching events with peers and tutees.
  • How to critically reflect on teaching events and complete a professional teaching portfolio.

Who Can Attend

Admission Requirements


  • Advanced English language required: TOEFL 550 PBT with TSE 45; or 80 iBT with minimum 23 on Speaking; or IELTS 6.5 with 6.0 on Speaking; or the equivalent.
  • Minimum age: 18 (or high school graduate).
  • No degree required.

Immigration Information

  • This is a full-time program.
  • You must obtain an F-1 (student) visa.

Graduation Requirements

  1. Successfully complete all TESOL coursework with minimum GPA of 3.0 (out of 4.0).
  2. Passing grade on the TESOL Portfolio
  3. Students who entered the program with an equivalent to an official language test score must submit one of the following official scores to graduate: TOEFL 550 PBT with TSE 45; or 80 iBT with minimum 23 on Speaking; or IELTS 6.5 with 6.0 on Speaking.

Completion of this program is required for students who intend to pursue the UCR Master's in Education (emphasis in TESOL) Program.

Dates and Fees


Winter 2018
Jan 2 - Mar 23

Spring 2018
Mar 26 - Jun 15

Summer 2018
Jun 18 - Sept 7

Fall 2018
Sept 24 - Dec 14


Where to Stay

Recommended Housing

International Village (IV)

  • Conveniently located next to the Extension Center, restaurants, banks and the main UCR campus.
  • Offers three types of living arrangements: studio, single, or double
  • Open year-round
  • For adult students (age 18 or older) only.


  • Stay with an American family to practice English daily and learn about American life and customs
  • Fully furnished room; double-occupancy
  • All meals and daily transportation (to/from school or school-related activities) included
  • Minimum age 14; no minimum stay

Experience California

Social & Cultural Activities

Make the most of your California experience!

Riverside has a friendly community and centralized location. Travel an hour in any direction to explore Los Angeles, San Diego, Palm Springs, and other famous destinations.

Fill your weekends with:

  • Unforgettable places, events and cultural immersion activities.
  • FREE social events to make professional connections.
  • Optional trips at a special student rate.

Before You Apply

You will be asked create an account and you will need to provide a valid email address, mailing address and other personal information.

Collect any required documents so you are prepared to upload them.

Supporting Documents:

  • Agency/embassy/partner university information. (Only required if you have one.)
  • Copy of your passport photo page.
  • Statement of Financial Support Form. Click to view the instructions and form.
  • Financial statement from the Bank, in English. Click to view the instructions.
  • If you are applying as a transfer student from another U.S. institution on an F-1 visa, you must upload copies of your current I-20, the front and back of your I-94, and current F-1 visa stamp. Click to view transfer instructions and form.
  • If you are under 18 years old, have your parents complete the parental release form.
“Enrich your life and transform your future by studying in the heart of Southern California. Employers all over the world recognize the University of California as the gold standard in academics. Experience YOUR California dream at sunny UCR - your place to shine.”

Bronwyn Jenkins-Deas

Associate Dean, UCR Extension
Director, International Programs

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