Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)

The Certificate Program in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) is an intensive program designed to provide those with little or no teaching experience the practical teaching skills and confidence to transition into a new international adventure with ease.

For over 30 years, UCI Division of Continuing Education has prepared thousands of individuals to pursue careers as English as a Foreign Language teachers. Our expertise extends into developing teacher training programs delivered both at UC Irvine and abroad for the Ministries of Education in Japan, South Korea, France, and Chile to name a few.

Be a part of the demand for qualified English teachers around the world, open doors to diverse professional career opportunities, and expand your world view while living abroad!

Who Should Enroll

This program is designed for those interested in living in another culture before starting a new career or looking for a change of pace, and who have limited or no teaching experience. If you are an international student and/or need to request an I-20 for this program, visit our ACP TEFL program information and application instead.

Program Benefits

  • 11-Week Program – 150 hours of specialized training
  • Taught by highly qualified teacher-trainers who have lived and taught abroad
  • Study alongside international teachers who teach English in their home countries
  • Receive access to ESL/EFL teachers for career and job counseling during and after program
  • Includes 10-hour course specifically designed to foster effective country and job research
  • University of California certificate is recognized worldwide

Eligibility and Requirements

All certificate programs at UCI Division of Continuing Education (classroom and online formats) require professional-level English language proficiency in listening and note-taking, reading comprehension and vocabulary, written expression, and oral presentation.

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Approximate Cost $8,150
Format UCI Campus
Duration 11 weeks

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