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!
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There will be a $60 fee upon acceptance into the program
Learn more about the TEFL certificate program at our free information session.
Are you looking for a career change? Perhaps you have always wondered if teaching was right for you? UCSD Extension offers a high-quality certificate program in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL), which can open doors for you to teach around the world.
The information session will include a brief overview of the program, instructor presentations, and a question and answer period.
Join us to learn more about the exciting field of teaching English abroad! For more information, please call (858) 534-7418 or email email@example.com.
All courses listed are required for the certificate.
Explore the complexities of English structures and how and when they are used (pragmatics) in this TEFL certificate course. Special emphasis is on areas of syntax unique to English and most difficult to non-native speakers, both prescriptive and descriptive forms.
You will study highly specialized features of English grammar and learn how best to teach and integrate the practice of these features in all types of ESL and EFL lessons.
Become familiar with the different types of listening needs and tasks, as well as the best techniques and methods for helping your ESL and EFL students become more skillful listeners in English in this TEFL certificate course.
Essentials of successful listening comprehension:
Features of English phonetics, phonology, stress, and intonation will be drawn on to enrich training in best practices for teaching and learning pronunciation in this TEFL certificate course.
Going beyond discrete sounds, this class will focus on the suprasegmental aspects of English pronunciation such as:
This course will emphasize the integration of pronunciation instruction and practice in all types of ESL and EFL lessons.
Learn the best methods for getting ESL and EFL students to speak English and tasks that encourage meaningful interaction in this TEFL certificate course.
This class will address types and idiosyncrasies of the spoken language, and micro skills of speaking that are factors in the oral code.
Review current issues in teaching oral communication by analyzing:
Learn factors that hamper improved speaking skills for ESL and ESL learners including:
Learn how to be in control and maintain an effective learning pace when teaching English as a foreign language in this practical TEFL certificate course.
You will review techniques of teaching the basic ESL and EFL skills and pronunciation and grammar. You will then apply these techniques in organizing activities and practice – teaching them to partners and groups through simulated teaching opportunities and experiences.
At the end of the course, you will feel confident and knowledgeable in:
This TEFL certificate course will treat in-depth the discourse features of successful writing in English, in particular for academic and professional communication in the U.S. and around the world.
The following are specific to good written English and are often not found in the same ways in the writing of other languages:
Become acquainted with the most generally accepted theoretical and methodological models of English language teaching and learning in this TEFL certificate course.
This practical class offers you pedagogical ideas on how to meet the specific needs of various:
In this TEFL certificate course, you will receive an overview of various theoretical approaches as they apply to:
There will be an emphasis in how to best teach vocabulary and idioms through reading in an ESL and EFL context.
Three units are required from the options below.
Are you an advanced international student, researcher, or ESL speaker who is proficient in English, but need to upgrade your academic writing skills?
This course will improve your accuracy in:
Lectures and workshops provide assistance in writing:
Are you an international student who wants to learn tips on how to be successful at a U.S university?
This course is designed to orient ESL speakers and international students to the competitive university system in the United States.
Explore the complexities of English language structures and how and when they are used (pragmatics) in this TEFL certificate course.
You will learn how best to teach and integrate the practice of various highly specialized features of English grammar in all types of ESL and EFL lessons. Syntactic variations related to gender, age, socio-economics, and other factors will be examined.
Focus on the following structures:
Do you want to “sound American”?
This course is designed for ESL speakers who are familiar with the English sound system and their own pronunciation problems.
Expand your skills in correctly applying English patterns of:
This short course will train ESL speakers in the most important techniques in improving and producing successful writing for academic English purposes.
Focus on the essential characteristics of a concise, coherent writing style in academic English writing such as:
Do you need to develop and improve your ESL business writing skills to perform more effectively in the workplace? If so, this course is for you.
You will learn:
Learn effective techniques for:
Need to improve your English presentation skills?
This course addresses oral communication problems encountered by ESL speakers in such formal academic and professional settings as conferences, seminars, meetings, and classrooms.
Emphasizes the importance of:
Designed to provide opportunities for English learners from all levels of proficiency to learn and practice English, this TEFL certificate course instructs teachers on how to encourage student interaction through a variety of fun ESL games and activities.
Games can be as short as 2-5 minute activities to long-term, multiple-part tasks.
You will learn how to increase language practice in large classrooms, with ideas on how to integrate communicative activities within a prescribed curriculum.
Are you an advanced ESL speaker needing to refine your knowledge of English grammar in written and spoken communications?
In this course, you will review the grammar points necessary to correct the most common problems in writing by non-native speakers of English, such as knowing the appropriate usage of:
This course is designed for advanced ESL speakers who must demonstrate excellent English grammar in formal written and spoken communications and thus need to improve their knowledge and skills in grammar.
Review the grammar points necessary to identify and correct the most common problems in writing, such as the correct usage of:
Are you a high-intermediate to advanced ESL speaker wanting to improve your knowledge of English grammar and increase your vocabulary?
In this course, you will build grammatical competence through extensive contextualized practice at the sentence level.
Increase your vocabulary and vocabulary retention through various exercises.
This TEFL certificate course will prepare prospective, novice, or experienced teachers with a basic foundation in phonetics necessary in being an effective English teacher in an ESL or EFL classroom environment.
You will learn the phonetic alphabet and how best to incorporate it in explaining basic pronunciation patterns in English.
Introduction to the suprasegmentals of the English phonological system including:
Prospective or novice English teachers who are not yet familiar with the basic theories, methods, and practices of TEFL or for those experienced teachers needing a further grounding in the most current, up-to-date methods and practices to be more successful in their current teaching will find this TEFL certificate course useful.
Explore skills, language, and the learning process while introducing practical applications to your ESL and EFL classroom.
Introduction of issues in methodology as well as the basic skills:
Introduction to the teaching of the micro-skills:
Other issues covered:
This TEFL certificate course will prepare prospective, novice, or experienced ESL and EFL teachers with a foundation of writing skills in English.
You will be introduced into the discourse features which distinguish writing in English from the languages of the classroom participants so that they will understand the very different ways that English organizes information in the written form. You will also learn how to to build writing instruction into your classes as well as learn a variety of writing assessment options.
Learn basic techniques of the process approach such as:
Designed to provide opportunities for English learners from all levels of proficiency to learn and practice English, this TEFL certificate course instructs teachers on how to encourage students to analyze lyrics for useful vocabulary and idioms in the ESL classroom.
Emphasis is given to improving pronunciation and fluency through the use of music-based activities.
If you are a prospective, novice, or experienced English teacher, this TEFL certificate course will provide you with the skills necessary in speaking to small, medium, or large groups, while maintaining control over student interactions in the ESL or EFL classroom.
Learn how to analyze teacher speaking and presentations as you learn how to present.
Focus on tips on how to speak in front of an audience using effective:
Learn the skills necessary to prepare and deliver lessons to a group, focusing on:
Are you an ESL speaker needing to improve your English pronunciation and wanting to be more easily understood in everyday conversation and workplace situations? If so, this course is perfect for you.
The instructor will identify each student’s particular pronunciation difficulties and provide extensive exercises that target your needs.
Learn to pronounce words in a manner that is easier for native speakers to understand.
By the end of the class, you will have :
Designed for advanced ESL speakers, this course covers essential skills for writing well in English in scientific or technical settings.
The specific styles and usage conventions of various scientific fields will be covered.
Focus on: :
Designed for advanced ESL speakers, this writing lab provides intensive practice in developing the essential skills taught in the course Scientific and Technical Writing for Non-native English Speakers.
Major focus on:
Learn how to incorporate basic art-making techniques to teach English learners of all ages in this hands-on TEFL certificate course. You will explore a variety of fun art projects to motivate ESL and EFL students with varying learning styles.
Learn the format of the 2 TOEFL tests in this TEFL certificate course.
Two TOEFL test formats:
Focus on establishing the optimal classroom learning environment for foreign language acquisition in the young learner classroom in this TEFL certificate course.
You will learn to use key teaching strategies and reflective teaching techniques to foster positive classroom dynamics that motivate young language learners socially and emotionally.
Topics include designing and revising language learning activities to access various:
Learn how to establish a meaning-rich learning environment by:
What makes young ESL and EFL learners successful in their foreign language studies?
This TEFL certificate course emphasizes using a learning-centered approach to promote successful foreign language acquisition in young learners in both non-immersion settings and in the mixed-language classroom.
You will be engaged in lecture, readings, and discussions which highlight a learning-centered perspective to describe the development of spoken discourse, vocabulary and grammar, and literacy in young language learners.
With the emergence of English as the world’s dominant language, educational communities have grown increasingly interested in providing English language studies for their young learners.
This TEFL certificate course provides an overview of ESL and EFL educators of young English learners teaching environments and the affective factors influencing these environments.
Course topics include:
This grammar course will focus on complex structures in idiomatic written English which, when mastered, will greatly help ESL speakers in acquiring a clearer, more sophisticated writing style.
Topics offered may include:
Intended for ESL speakers who would benefit from review of some of the most frequent errors in English punctuation and mechanics, this course will focus on correcting the most common punctuation errors in English writing.
Learn the correct usage of:
This TEFL certificate course gives aspiring English language teachers ideas and methods on how to use various media as an enhancement to the ESL classroom environment.
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Candidates are encouraged to apply in the certificate program as early as possible to take advantage of program benefits.
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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 student's acquisition of English as a foreign language.
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TESOL is primarily for those who want to teach K-12 and adult education. TEFL is specially designed for those who want to teach overseas or at an intensive English language program in the U.S., in classes where students are always in classes with other non-native speakers of English.
Many countries require a four-year degree plus a TEFL certificate in order to qualify for an English teaching job and a job visa. Competition is increasing, and employers are looking for those with the skills and the experience to be successful English teachers.
Students must fill out the online application by clicking the APPLY NOW button on this page. Once approved, students will then be prompted to pay the $60 TEFL certificate fee. For non-native English speakers, a strong command of English is a prerequisite for the program. (iBT TOEFL: 80, TOEIC: 760).
No, with the exception of the Practicum class. Students must take and pass at least two other TEFL classes before taking the Practicum. Otherwise, it is entirely up to the student to decide which classes to take, depending upon his or her personal schedule and availability.
This depends upon the student’s personal schedule. The 27-unit program, roughly 9 classes, takes on average, less than 1 year with students taking 2 to 3 classes per quarter. However, students have five years in which to complete the program.
The approximate cost of the TEFL Professional Certificate program is $3,500-$4,000. This includes the cost of the courses plus books and materials.
All TEFL classes are held at the Extension complex of the main UC San Diego campus in La Jolla.
All classes are offered in-class (face-to-face). However, we do have four courses offered optionally as online classes.
This can be paid at any time during the program, but we recommend that students pay it as soon as possible. Should any graduation requirements of the program change, those who have not paid the fee yet will be subject to those.
TEFL graduates can teach abroad and at intensive English languages institutes and other ESL programs in the U.S.
No. In fact, employers often prefer that teachers not speak the native language so that the students will have greater exposure to spoken English, and so that the students must use English rather than their native language to communicate with their teacher.
For students enrolled in our program, we offer a TEFL Job Resources Guide, which lists our recommended job boards, schools, and agencies. We are continuously contacted by schools and agencies looking for instructors, and while we cannot guarantee the employment conditions of all the schools and/or agencies, if we feel they look reputable, we will pass that information along to our students. In the end, it is up to the student to decide which job they would like to pursue.
For more information regarding financial assistance, please refer to: extension.ucsd.edu/financial.
UC San Diego is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). UC San Diego Extension—like all other UC San Diego schools, colleges, and departments—is accredited by WASC through the University. For more information on accreditation click here.
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