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Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)

TEFL Professional Certificate Program

Who should take this program?

If you would like to develop effective classroom teaching skills and learn the latest English language teaching techniques in order to teach English in non-English speaking countries and to non-immigrants in U.S. classrooms, take the Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Professional Certificate program. The TEFL Professional Certificate opens doors to job opportunities both abroad and in the U.S. You will learn the best practices and methodology for teaching EFL students from our dynamic instructors who have years of experience teaching all over the world.

What this program includes:

  • Advanced Analysis of English Sentence Structure I (3 units)
  • Best Methods in Teaching Listening Skills (3 units)
  • Best Methods in Teaching Pronunciation and Fluency (3 units)
  • Best Methods in Teaching Speaking Skills (3 units)
  • Teaching Writing for Academic and Professional Purposes (3 units)
  • TEFL Practicum: Best Methods in Developing and Delivering Lesson Plans (3 units)
  • Theories and Methods of Language Teaching and Learning (3 units)
  • Theory and Methods of Reading Instruction (3 units)

In addition, we offer a variety of one-unit workshops and three-unit elective courses at a reduced fee. Students can choose from several, depending on what is offered each quarter. Some examples are:

  • Advanced Analysis of English Sentence Structure II (3 units)
  • Games for the EFL Classroom (1 unit)
  • Grammar and Editing I or II (3 units)
  • Music in the EFL Classroom (1 unit)
  • Oral Presentations for LanguageTeachers (3 units)
  • Teaching Language Through Art (1 unit)
  • Teaching TOEFL Prep Classes: Paper and Internet (1 unit)

2016 and 2017 TEFL Dates
  • Fall 2016: September 20 - March 17, 2017
  • Winter 2017: January 10 - June 16
  • Spring 2017: April 4 - September 8
  • Summer 2017: June 27 - December 8
  • Fall 2017: September 26 - March 24, 2018


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 TEFL Certificate program will have a successful experience.

Language Proficiency Requirement:
Prospective students must have one of the following scores to participate in this program:
  • TOEFL paper-based: 540
  • TOEFL iBT: 78
  • TOEIC: 740
  • IELTS: 6.5
  • Cambridge Advanced or Proficiency Exams: Pass
  • TEPS: 660

Additional 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 - Thursday, occasional Saturdays
  • Afternoon and evening courses; no morning courses
  • Schedule varies


All classes are held on the UC San Diego Extension campus in La Jolla.

Access to a car or other reliable transportation is required.

Cost (In U.S. Dollars):

Application Fee: $200 (nonrefundable)

FedEx fee: $50 (optional, but recommended)

2016 and 2017 Tuition: $8,300

International Student Service Fee: $350 per quarter

UCSD Extension medical insurance: $585 per quarter

Books/Materials: Approximately $200-$800 per quarter

(Payment CANNOT be made in advance. Books and materials must be purchased upon arrival at UC San Diego.)


Special Discount:

Students who transfer directly from a 10-week UC San Diego ELI program or UC San Diego ELI TEFL program will receive a $500 USD discount on their tuition for this six-month TEFL program.

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