HomeBoard FAQ


  1. 1. What are the evaluations for each type?

    Types of Applicants


    Sub Qualifications

    Standard Type

    Bachelor’s degree


    Special A Type

    Elementary, middle and high school teachers, who are currently teaching

    Special B Type

    1) English language proficiency test scores above;

    * TOEIC 850

    * TOEFL(IBT 92)

    * IELTS 7.0

    * TEPS 790

    2) BA or MA degree from English speaking country.

  2. 2. What are the Qualifications?


  3. 3. What are the application procedures?

  4. 4. What are the types of application?


  5. 5. What are the documents needed for application?

    Types of Applicants


    Additional Documents

    Standard Type

    ①Online Application form 1


    ②University diploma or proof of prospective graduation (in ENG) 1


    Special A Type

    + ③ Proof of employment 1

    Special B Type

    1. ① Who has English test score:
      • + Proof of English Test Score, (Original1, Copy1)
      • (only test score reports taken
      • within 2years are valid.)
    2. ② Who has BA or MA degree
    3. from English Speaking Country
      • + University diploma or proof
      • of transcript. (Original1, Copy 1)
  6. 6. About evaluation (types of evaluation, acceptable English Language Proficiency test)


  7. 7. What are the class schedules?
    Morning Class (Tue., Wed., Fri.) 9:00~12:50
    Afternoon Class (Tue., Wed., Fri.) 13:00~16:50
    Weekend Class (Wed., Sat.) W: 18:30~22:20, S: 09:00~17:50
    On-Off Class (Wed., Sat.) W: 19:30~22:20, S: 09:00~18:50
  8. 8. How many students are there in each class?

    20 Students

  9. 9. What are the differences between the TESOL MA Program and the SMU-TESOL Certific
    SMU-TESOL Program TESOL MA Program
    Degree Certificate of TESOL M.A. TESOL/CALL
    Terms 5 Months 5 Semesters
    Application Types
    • Special Type A
    : Current School Teachers
    • Special Type B
    : B.A. or M.A. degree from
      English speaking countries
    : Certified English test scores above
    : SMU-Mate Moderate High,
      TOEIC 850, TOEFL 207(CBT), IELTS
      6.0, TEPS 665
    • Standard Type
    : B.A. degree
    • Special Type
    : Current School Teachers
    • Standard Type
    : B.A. degree
    Credits 12 Credits 24Credits+dissertation
    (*with 5 Semesters)
    Writing Test SMU-MATE SMU-MATE
    Others First semester of SMU-TESOL MA Program will be replaced with the certificate program. Credit transfer : 12 credits(at most) when studying at cooperative universities abroad Need to complete SMU-TESOL Certificate Program for the first semester of MA Program
  10. 10. What are the admission policies?

    We evaluate applicants according to their total score and classes (morning, evening and weekends).
    Those who demonstrate a low spoken proficiency in the interview will not be admitted.

  11. 11. How are students grouped?

    Students will be grouped according to their admission scores and English level.

  12. 12. What is the SMU-MATE test?

    The SMU-MATE (Multimedia Assisted Test of English) is an evaluation tool to test English speaking and writing competence. It was developed by Sookmyung Women’s University. MATE is an evaluation of English Speaking and Writing through Multimedia such as headsets (for speaking) and computer keyboards (for writing).Examiners give their answers for questions provided on the computer screens in sounds, images and written languages by using headsets and keyboards.

  13. 13. Is the SMU-MATE test for admission to SMU-TESOL different from general SMU-MATE?

    Yes, it is different. You are going to take the SMU-MATE test that is specially designed to test your general ideas about the TESOL program and your academic skills needed for the program. The application fee of 50,000 won includes the MATE tests. You don’t have to pay any extra charges to take these tests.

  14. 14. What are the Qualifications for Special Type A?

    Current School (Elementary, Middle and High school) Teachers.
    (This includes teachers who are temporarily on leave from their jobs)

  15. 15. What is the difference between Certificate of TESOL and Licensed School Teachers?

    The Certificate of TESOL should not be confused with a License for School Teachers. Those who want to be school teachers must take an employment entrance exam for teacher after completing a course of study for the teaching profession provided by the university or continuing studying at a Graduate School of education.

  16. 16. Does the student have to be a graduate of related fields?

    Your undergraduate major is not considered for admission to SMU-TESOL. However, it is possible that MA programs to which you may apply after completing SMU-TESOL will take your undergraduate major into consideration.

  17. 17. Can students be granted to have temporary absence during this program?

    Temporary absences (for more than one week) during this program are not allowed. Honeymoons, family trips, and international vacations are not valid reasons to miss class. If taken for emergency reasons, students must notify their teachers and make the necessary arrangements to make up the missed work.

  18. 18. What are the advantages for students studying abroad at cooperating universities?

    3 to 12 credits may transfer to these universities

    - You can have opportunities to attend workshops given by the cooperating university

    - You can get useful advice and information is available from SMU-TESOL Resource Center

    - SMU-TESOL may provide recommendation letters for students with excellent academic performance.

  19. 19. Is it possible for TESOLers to apply for MA programs abroad which begin the foll?

    It is possible. First of all you need TOEFL score. Then ask for advice from Professors and Resource Center Staff.

  20. 20. Can students of SMU-TESOL Certificate Program live in the dormitory?

    Due to space limitations, this is not possible.

  21. 21. How many TESOLers complete this program with Certificate of TESOL?

    85~90% of SMU-TESOL students complete the program successfully.

  22. 22. Is the SMU-TESOL Certificate Program demanding?

    Many Sookmyung TESOL students admit to feeling very frustrated at first. When you first start this program you might feel the same. The source of this frustration for most students is language. Most of the TESOLers think of themselves as very fluent in English. Still, it is a challenge for them to study, write, discuss, and present in English 100% of the time. This program demands that students improve their language proficiency by actively participating in classroom discussions and activities. These classes do not allow you to sit back passively taking notes. Secondly, many students are surprised at the number of assignments, as well as the type of assignments. You will be asked to do a great deal of group work. This may be a large adjustment to the learning style of many students, but the rewards of these demands are also high. By the end of the semester, you will not only have developed your spoken and written English skills, you will also be better prepared for future job opportunities. Additionally, you will forge close relationships with your classmates through your shared frustration and accomplishments. In short, this course is tough, but those willing to work hard will emerge smarter, stronger, and better prepared to enter their own classrooms as teachers.