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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 Professional Certificate, along with a bachelor's degree, will open doors to job opportunities around the globe as an English teacher.

UC San Diego Extension TEFL Professional Certificate 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. For the program electives, we recommend the TEFL Practicum: Developing & Delivering Lesson Plans course which 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 specialized TEFL program, 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!

How much does the program cost?

  • Approximate tuition cost: $3,600
  • Estimated textbook cost for entire program: $600-$800
  • Program Fee: $95

Course tuition is paid as you enroll in each course. No upfront fees must be paid in advance. The Program Fee can be paid at any time and is not required to begin enrolling in classes.  

Program Discounts & Scholarships 

  • San Diego Workforce Partnership or EDD. For more information on these programs, please visit the Extension webpage.
  • Veteran's Education Benefits can be used for this program. Learn more here
  • UC San Diego staff, faculty, and student discounts available. View more on our Extension webpage.

It is recommended that students begin by taking EITHER of the following courses:

  • Introduction to Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)
  • Theories & Methods of Language Teaching & Learning 


Learn more about the TEFL certificate program at our free information session.
Can't make it to our in-person information session? Please try our 10-minute online information session!

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There will be a $95 fee upon acceptance into the program

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