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Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)

Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)

Who should take this program?

Participants who would like to focus on the development of effective classroom teaching skills and modern English language teaching techniques to students in non-English speaking countries and to non-immigrants in U.S. classrooms.

What this program includes:

  • Advanced Analysis of English Sentence Structure I (27 hours)
  • Best Methods in Teaching Listening Skills (27 hours)
  • Best Methods in Teaching Pronunciation and Fluency (27 hours)
  • Best Methods in Teaching Speaking Skills (27 hours)
  • Teaching Writing for Academic and Professional Purposes (27 hours)
  • TEFL Practicum: Best Methods in Developing and Delivering Lesson Plans (27 hours)
  • Theories and Methods of Language Teaching and Learning (27 hours)
  • Theory and Methods of Reading Instruction (27 hours)

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 TEFL Dates
Deadlines to Submit Application:

Winter 2016: January 5 - June 10

December 11, 2015

Spring 2016: March 29 - September 2

March 18, 2016

Summer 2016: June 21 - December 2

June 10, 2016

Fall 2016: September 20 - March 17, 2017 September 9, 2016


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 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 Tuition: $8,300

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.)

Need Medical Insurance? Click here for details. Please note that In September and December, there are periods of no insurance coverage unless the student purchases additional coverage.

Additional Fees:

Note: 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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