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Special Studies in TEFL

Special Studies in TEFL

Who should take this program?

This is a three-month program of select courses in TEFL and other academic areas to enhance teacher preparation. Students must choose and enroll in a total of 12 UC San Diego Extension units, with the advice and approval of the TEFL Coordinator.

What this program includes:

The curriculum consists of the following core courses:

  • Advanced Analysis of English Sentence Structure II (3 units)
  • Cross-Cultural Issues for Language Teachers (3 units)
  • Participants must choose an additional 6 units from among the many courses and workshops offered each quarter in the TEFL Certificate programs.

2014 Special Studies in TEFL Dates: Deadlines to Submit Application:
  • January 7 - March 22
  • December 6, 2013
  • April 1 - June 13
  • March 21, 2014
  • June 24 - September 6
  • June 13, 2014
  • September 23 - December 6
  • September 12, 2014


Note: Application fee, application form, financial verification, and all supporting documents must be submitted prior to the application deadline or students must pay a $100 USD TEFL late-submission fee.

Admission Requirements

The minimum requirements to be accepted into this program are listed below. We carefully review the background and qualifications of each applicant to ensure that those admitted into the Special Studies in TEFL program will have a successful experience.

Language Requirement
Prospective students must have one of the following scores to participate in this program:

  • TOEFL paper-based: 540
  • TOEFL internet-based: 78
  • TOEIC: 740
  • IELTS: 6.5
  • Cambridge Advanced or Proficiency Exams: Pass
  • TEPS: 660

Other Admission Requirements:
  • Copy of transcripts in English for the two most recent years of academic studies
  • A one-page statement explaining why you would like to take any TEFL Certificate program


Program Schedule:

  • Monday - Friday, occasional Saturdays
  • Daytime and evening courses
  • Schedule varies


Most classes are held on the UC San Diego Extension campus in La Jolla or at the off-site University City Center near to campus.

Access to a car or other reliable transportation is required for evening and off-site classes.

Cost (In U.S. Dollars):

  • Application Fee: $200 (nonrefundable)
  • FedEx fee: $50 (optional, but recommended)
  • 2014 Tuition: $4,750
  • International Student Service Fee: $350 per quarter
  • Books/Materials: Approximately $200-$800 per quarter
    (Payment for all books and instructional materials CANNOT be made in advance and are to be purchased upon arrival at UC San Diego.)

Additional Fees:

Students who transfer directly from a 10-week UC San Diego-ELI English program or UC San Diego-ELI TEFL program will get a $250 USD discount on their tuition for the Special Studies in TEFL program.

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2014 International Programs application.