ACP Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)

Our TEFL certificate thoughtfully combines current trends in language teaching pedagogy with traditional best practices in the language teaching field. Whether your aim is to teach adults, children, or both, our program content carefully addresses these unique audiences. This is a full-time, daytime program.

Program Benefits

  • Choose from a 3-month program of TEFL coursework or a 6-month program of TEFL coursework plus TEFL internship
  • Learn best practices of various current and traditional methodologies from distinguished teacher-trainers
  • Study together with native-English speakers in integrated classes
  • Attend local and/or regional professional CATESOL conferences to explore the most recent trends and developments
  • Further your career as an English teacher while networking with professionals in the TESL/TEFL field
  • Observe teachers in American ESL classrooms and then plan and conduct a lesson at an American school
  • Practice your teaching skills in a classroom setting
  • Develop the skills you need to succeed in further post-graduate studies in TEFL and related fields
  • Gain a competitive edge in the global English teaching job market with opportunities for TEFL internships within our own industry-leading ESL programs

Eligibility and Requirements

  1. Evidence of a university degree and/or substantial academic or professional experience
  2. Demonstration of English language proficiency (one of the options below). Please submit scores from tests taken within the past two years.
    • English proficiency tests accepted
      • 71 iBT TOEFL
      • 530 PBT TOEFL or 17 on each section
      • 685 TOEIC
      • 6.0 IELTS
      • B2 CEFR or ISE
      • 3.5 iTEP
      • 95 Duolingo
      • 50 Pearson Academic
      • Advanced Cambridge
      • EIKEN Japanese Test in Practical English “Grade pre-1”
      • GEPT “High-Intermediate”
    • Completion of English language school
      • UCI 10-Week Intensive ESL: Level 5
      • Kaplan International: Higher Intermediate
      • FLS International: Level 16
      • ELS Language Centers: Level 112
    • University degree was completed in the U.S., Australia, U.K., or another country where instruction was taught in English
  3. Students must be at least 18 years of age or older

Students who do not meet our English requirement are encouraged to enroll in our 10-Week Intensive ESL program.


To earn a certificate at UCI's Division of Continuing Education, students must complete all required courses with a grade of “C” or better.

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Approximate Cost $7,900*
Format UCI Campus
Duration 3 months

*Program Tuition

Approximate Total Cost: $14,100 (reflects full estimated expenses for completing the program, tuition included)

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