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Teaching English as a Foreign Language Certificate

UC San Diego Extension’s Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Professional Certificate program provides aspiring ESL and EFL educators with the necessary knowledge and skills to become a resourceful and confident teacher of English as a second language or English as a foreign language. We offer a high-quality curriculum of in-class and online courses which provide specialized training and necessary skills to people interested in teaching English in the U.S. or overseas. A TEFL certification, along with a bachelor's degree will open doors to job opportunities around the globe as an English teacher.

UCSD Extension TEFL certification courses provide a unique opportunity for international students and American students to study side-by-side, developing their knowledge of applied linguistics and their teaching techniques for the various English language skills and competencies. Students are given just enough theory to provide a good foundation while taking courses which focus on the successful application of information about the English language and pedagogical principles for student-centered language teaching. Students will take many courses to strengthen their ability to teach English grammar, listening skills, pronunciation and fluency, speaking, writing, reading, and vocabulary development. The TEFL Practicum provides the chance to observe classroom teaching in action, and to develop and deliver a portfolio of effective lessons plans which are extremely useful when searching for employment. A TEFL job resources guide is also available for graduates of the program.

If you are interested in a TEFL specialization, our Teaching English to the Young Learner (TEYL) program offers courses focused on teaching English to kindergarten to middle school-aged children (K-8), and includes fieldtrips to local schools and teacher specialty stores to learn how to obtain the latest and most effective educational materials.

Whether you are looking to begin a new career, change careers, live and work abroad, travel overseas, or volunteer in the local community, our TEFL programs will help you to become a successful, resourceful, and confident English teacher in any educational setting. Let the adventure of a lifetime begin now!

If you have any questions, please email tefl@ucsd.edu or call (858) 534-7418.

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Certificate Course Matrix
Course Title Course Number Units FA WI SP SU
Courses (All courses listed are required for the certificate.)
Advanced Analysis of English Sentence Structure I
LING-40045
3
L   L  
Best Methods in Teaching Listening Skills
LING-40048
3
  L,O   L,O
Best Methods in Teaching Pronunciation and Fluency
LING-40047
3
  L   L
Best Methods in Teaching Speaking Skills
LING-40050
3
  L   L
TEFL Practicum: Best Methods in Developing and Delivering Lesson Plans
LING-40111
3
L L L L
Teaching Writing for Academic and Professional Purposes
LING-40044
3
L,O   L,O  
Theories and Methods of Language Teaching and Learning
LING-40110
3
L,O L,O L,O L,O
Theory and Methods of Reading Instruction
LING-40046
3
L,O   L,O  
Electives (Three units required)
Academic Writing
WCWP-40000
3
L L L L
Academic Competence in the U.S University I
LING-40119
1
L L L L
Advanced Analysis of English Sentence Structure II
LING-40075
3
L L L L
Advanced Pronunciation and Fluency
LING-40083
3
L L L L
Advanced Topics in Academic Writing
LING-40116
1
  L    
Business Writing for Non-Native English Speakers
WCWP-40219
3
L   L  
Effective Oral Presentation
LING-40081
3
L L L L
Games for the EFL Classroom
LING-40063
1
L L L L
Grammar and Editing I
LING-40041
3
  L   L
Grammar and Editing II
LING-40101
3
L   L  
Grammar Workshop I for EFL
LING-40059
1
L   L L
Grammar Workshop II for EFL
LING-40060
1
L   L L
Grammar Workshop III for EFL
LING-40061
1
  L   L
Grammar Workshop IV for EFL
LING-40062
1
  L   L
Grammar and Vocabulary Building
LING-40082
3
L L L L
Introduction to Pronunciation and Fluency for Language Teachers
LING-40098
3
L L L L
Introduction to Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)
LING-40096
3
L L L L
Introduction to Teaching Writing
LING-40097
3
L L L L
Music in the EFL Classroom
LING-40067
1
L L L L
Oral Presentations for Language Teachers
LING-40099
3
L L L L
Pronunciation and Fluency
LING-40076
3
L L L L
Pronunciation Workshop: Special Needs in the Asian Classroom
LING-40066
1
L   L  
Scientific and Technical Writing for Non-native English Speakers
WCWP-40045
3
L L L L
Scientific and Technical Writing Lab for Non-native English Speakers
WCWP-40317
1
L L L L
Teaching Language through Art
LING-40120
1
L L L L
Teaching TOEFL Prep Classes: Paper and Internet
LING-40068
1
L L L L
TEYL Focus on the Classroom
LING-40100
3
L L L L
TEYL Focus on the Learner
LING-40094
3
L L L L
TEYL Focus on the Teacher
LING-40091
3
L L L L
Topics in Advanced English Structure
LING-40115
1
L      
Topics in Writing Mechanics
LING-40117
1
    L  
Visual Media in the EFL Classroom
LING-40087
1
L L L L
L=La Jolla M=Mission Valley O=Online U=University City X=Location TBA
Certificate Programs

To Apply for the Certificate Program

From the 'Apply Now' button, login to your student account, complete the online application, and pay the application fee if applicable. It is preferable that you create an account before proceeding if you have not already done so.

Candidates are encouraged to apply in the certificate program as early as possible to take advantage of program benefits. See Certificate FAQs for more information.

Application Fee: $0 Apply Now!
Contact: International Programs - Bldg. A, 858-534-7418
Email: tefl@ucsd.edu
Please note: Upon acceptance into the program, there will be a $60 certificate fee.

Conditions for Admission

* Native speaker of English or one of the following language proficiency scores: 550 paper-based TOEFL; 80 Internet-based (iBT) TOEFL; 760 TOEIC; 6.5 IELTS; or “pass” on the FCE or Advanced Cambridge exams.

Complete the application and pay the $60 certificate fee. The certificate fee must be paid online and students are subject to program change requirements until paid.

Certificate Guidelines

Students may begin the TEFL Professional certificate program in any quarter of the year, and it can be completed in two quarters. If students would like to complete the program in one quarter, this option is available during the summer and winter quarters.

If a student needs to complete the program is a quicker period of time, please contact us for advising.

Various specialized TEFL certificates are also offered.

State Requirements

TEFL Advisory Board: Dr. Mary Ellen Butler-Pascoe, Alliant International University; Dr. Grant Goodall, Professor, University of California San Diego, Department of Linguistics; Ms. Heather Giammona, Academic Director for EC Language Schools; Mr. Edward D. Park, Principal, Barnard Asian Pacific Language Academy

Industry Requirements

The TEFL certificates provide in-depth study and training in best practices and methodology for teaching EFL students, which involves (a) teaching English to non-immigrants in a multilingual classroom, and (b) teaching English in an overseas monolingual classroom. The major goals are to provide training which results in highly advanced knowledge and skills in explaining the English language -- its use both by native speakers and as a lingua franca – and to provide training which provides and increases skills in facilitating students’ acquisition of English as a foreign language.

Please Note

Students may take TEFL courses without enrolling in the certificate program.

After completion of all required courses, in order to receive your certificate, please fill out the 'Notice of Completion' form online.

If you have any questions, please email tefl@ucsd.edu or call (858) 534-7418.

Advisors

Chad Baldwin
TEFL Program Manager and Student Advisor
tefl@ucsd.edu / (858) 534-7418

Kim Gonzalez
TEFL Program Coordinator