Welcome prospective and current S-TESL students!

Being admitted into our program and taking classes at the School of Teaching ESL is a three step process. These steps are required for all new students:

  1. Advising
  2. Pre-Registration Form
  3. Registration
Please check eligibility requirements below.

STEP 1 – Advising

Advising means you have discussed the admissions requirements and course selection / course schedules with an administrator at S-TESL either by phone, email, or an in-person appointment. This step assures that you understand our program, your options, and specific course expectations. Once you have been advised, you can move on to Step 2.

STEP 2 – Pre-Registration Form

The purpose of the intent to enroll form is to ensure you meet all of the requirements for the program (see below) and your chosen course of study. It also helps us anticipate enrollment. We offer rolling admissions; you may submit a pre-registration form for both current and future quarters. Students are encouraged to complete their pre-registration form as early as possible to ensure space in classes and to meet registration deadlines.

Note: Completing the pre-registration form does not guarantee a space in a class. Space is not confirmed until Step 3 – Registration is complete. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

STEP 3 – Registration

Following advising and acceptance of the pre-registration form you will register online through the Seattle Pacific University system. Registration is only available through the SPU online system. S-TESL does not accept in-person, over the phone, or mailed registrations. An S-TESL administrator will e-mail registration information within 2 business days following the completion of Step 1 and Step 2 above.

The registration email will contain the quarter specific link and password to the Seattle Pacific University online registration page for S-TESL courses, and the quarter-specific course registration number (CRN). You will be unable to register without this information.

The deadline for online registration for all classes is one week before the class begins. Registration after the deadline must be approved by an S-TESL administrator and will be assessed a $25 late registration fee.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must have at least a bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited college or professional school.* If you received your degree from an institution outside of the U.S., you must have your degree assessed by an outside evaluator – such as World Education Services (www.wes.org) or Foundation for International Services (www.fis-web.com) – to ensure it meets U.S. accreditation standards.

In addition, applicants must be fluent in English listening, speaking, reading, and writing in order to be qualified to teach English to Speakers of Other Languages.

Applicants for whom English is an additional language must demonstrate their English proficiency in one of the following ways:

  1. completion of a Bachelor’s degree from an English-speaking university
  2. TOEFL iBT score of 92 (CBT: 237; PBT: 580-583) or higher (or equivalent on another approved standardized test of English)
  3. Approval of the Director with completion of  the S-TESL oral interview and Reading/Writing proficiency test.**

*Applicants who do not have a BA may request a waiver from the Director. See BA Waiver (below) for further information.

**Non-native English speaking students who do not have a recent standardized English language test score may request to take an in-house proficiency assessment to determine their English language proficiency in academic reading and writing. Please call 206-781-8607 or email STESLinfo@spu.edu to schedule an appointment. Skype and email appointments are also available to assess prospective students who do not live in Seattle.

Other Requirements

Applicants must be able to demonstrate the behaviors expected of a professional language teacher as outlined in the Student Code of Conduct. It is the student’s responsibility to inform the instructor of any circumstances which may impact their ability to participate fully in class, to fulfill course requirements, or may interfere with their learning or the learning of others.

Disability Statement

If you are enrolled in a Seattle Pacific University course and require accommodations for a documented disability, please contact Disability Support Services at dss@spu.edu or 206-281-2272.  Any accommodations should be approved and arranged before the start of an S-TESL class.

Non-Discrimination Statement

The School of Teaching ESL does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, political ideology or status as a Vietnam-era or special disabled veteran in the administration of any of its education policies, admission policies, and other school-administered policies and programs. Applicants must, however, be fluent in English listening, speaking, reading, and writing in order to be deemed qualified to teach English.

BA Waiver

Why do I need at least a bachelor’s degree to study at S-TESL?

The classes offered for Seattle Pacific University at S-TESL, numbered ELT 5530 – 5547, are post-bachelor’s classes, hence, are usually offered to those who have completed a bachelor’s degree.

What if I don’t have a bachelor’s degree. Can I still study at S-TESL?

Occasionally, the Director of S-TESL can make an exception if an individual has academic and work experience, but has not yet completed a degree.

If you do not have a bachelor’s degree and wish to receive TESOL training, send an email requesting the BA waiver information to steslinfo@spu.edu.

Keep in mind, many employment situations in TESOL require that you have, at a minimum, a bachelor’s degree. Do some research to determine that you will be able to find jobs that don’t require a degree.