Teaching English as a Foreign Language Graduate Certificate

College : Arts and Humanities Degree :CRT
Department : Modern Languages and Literatures Option : N/A
Program Websites : http://mll.cah.ucf.edu/


The Graduate Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language prepares students with specialized knowledge and skills to teach English as a Foreign Language in overseas settings.


The TEFL Graduate Certificate can be completed in one or more semesters, depending on the semester of entrance.  It can also be completed fully online, depending on your selection of courses.  Students must consult with their adviser or the program director prior to selecting the four courses for their program. No course substitutions are allowed.
Total Credit Hours Required:
12 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree

Required Courses—12 Credit Hours

Select any four from the following basket of courses. Please consult with your adviser to help you choose the courses that best fit the needs for your future career.

  • TSL 5345 Methods of ESOL Teaching (3 credit hours)
  • TSL 6940 ESOL Practicum (3 credit hours)
  • TSL 5940 Issues in TEFL (3 credit hours)
  • TSL 6142 Critical Approaches to ESOL (3 credit hours)
  • TSL 6250 Applied Linguistics in ESOL (3 credit hours)
  • TSL 6350 Grammar ESOL (3 credit hours)
  • TSL 6440 Assessment Issues in TESOL (3 credit hours)
  • TSL 6640 Research in Second Language (3 credit hours)
  • TSL 6252 Sociolinguistics (3 credit hours)
  • TSL 5380 Computer and Technology for ESOL (3 credit hours)
  • TSL 5601 Second Language Vocabulary Learning (3 credit hours)
  • TSL 6642 Issues in Second Language Acquisition (3 credit hours)
  • TSL 6374 TESOL Listening, Speaking, and Pronunciation (3 credit hours)
  • TSL 6442 Fundamentals of Standardized Assessment in TESOL (3 credit hours)
  • TSL 5376 Reading and Writing in a Second Language (3 credit hours)

Though the courses may be taken in any order, it is recommended that TSL 6940 ESOL Practicum be taken near the end of a program of study (if that course is included).

Independent Learning

Many of the courses have service-learning or practical experience components. This is to ensure that at the end of your TEFL Graduate Certificate you have the education, experience, and expertise to teach EFL in any setting.

Application Requirements

Admission is open to those with a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution. An application to the graduate certificate program and official transcripts must be submitted. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

Meeting minimum UCF admission criteria does not guarantee program admission. Final admission is based on evaluation of the applicant's abilities, past performance and the applicant's potential for completing the certificate.

Application Deadlines

Teaching English as a Foreign Language Graduate Certificate *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants


Jul 1Dec 1Apr 1
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*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.