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