Below are some of the courses you’ll have an opportunity to take as a student in this program. Note: This list is intended to give you a quick glimpse into the program’s academic offerings, and should not be used as a guide for course selection or academic advising. For official program requirements see catalog for details.

Foundational Credits

(May be taken concurrently with program courses)

  Bible / Theology 3

Core Courses

ISTE 509 Structure of English 3
ISTE 525 Introduction to TESOL — Adult 3
ISTE 527 Materials Evaluation & Preparation 3
ISTE 530 Ethics, Values & Intercultural Communicaton for TESOL Professionals 3
ISTE 614 Second Language Acquisition 3
ISTE 632 Language Testing and Assessment 3
ISTE 644 Vocabulary Learning & Teaching 3
ISTE 692 Practicum in TESOL II  3
  Total 24


Students are required to take 3 credits of elective course in Bible or Theology and 6 credits of electives in TESOL or applied linguistics.

The following is a list of electives that are regularly offered:

Electives in Bible/Theology

The courses listed here count for either the foundational or program credits.

  Perspectives on the World Christian Movement * 3
TTBE 517 Hermeneutics & Bible Study Methods 3
TTBE 519 Survey of Genesis-Malachi  3
TTBE 520 Survey of the Matthew-Revelation 3
TTBE 732 The Life of Christ & His Teaching Ministry  3

* "Perspectives on the World Christian Movement," taken for credit at the graduate level, counts for either the foundational or program units. For more information on where and when this class is offered, see

Electives in TESOL

ISTE 635 Technology for Language Learning & Teaching (Summer)
ISTE 648 Teaching Second Language Reading & Writing (Spring)
ISTE 665 Course Design in TESOL (Fall)

Electives in Applied Linguistics — Campus only

ISAL 521 Phonetics (Fall)
ISAL 529 Introduction to Semantics & Pragmatics (Spring)
ISAL 646 Sociolinguistics (Spring)
ISAL 648 Discourse & Text Analysis (Spring)
Biola University
13800 Biola Ave. La Mirada, CA 90639
© Biola University, Inc. All Rights Reserved.