English as a Second Language



Prospective students, for whom English is not their first language, must satisfy the Oklahoma Board of Regents for Higher Education requirements regarding English proficiency. 

To meet this requirement, see the following methods:

1. Take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Students who do not meet the Intensive English Program exception below must meet one of the following minimum scores. Official documents are required to process the application.

TOEFL/IELTS Standard Scores

The TOEFL and the IELTS are tests that can be taken to meet the requirement for English Language Proficiency for admission to ECU.  Only original, official score reports will be accepted. East Central University’s code for the TOEFL is RA6186. There is no institutional code for the IELTS examination. Test takers should provide the following address to have their official score sent to ECU: International Office, East Central University, 1100 E. 14th Street PMB E-1, Ada, OK 74820.


2. Intensive Language Program (IEP) Policy: Students must meet a minimum score set by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education (OSRHE) on the TOEFL/IELTS exam. AFTER achieving the required score and immediately PRIOR to admission, the student must successfully complete a minimum of 12 weeks of study at an IEP approved by the OSRHE. At least two thirds of the 12 weeks must be instruction at an advanced level. Students who meet the IEP exception must have one of the minimum scores listed below:


ECU does not offer an on-campus IEP, but a list of the approved IEPs can be found in the OSRHE Academic Affairs Procedures Handbook on page 46.