Professional Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language

Professional Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language

Classroom Program


1 month


UCR Extension


The TEFL program prepares you with the skills needed to teach English as a foreign language in non-English-speaking countries. The hands-on approach to learning in this program has you teaching second-language learners within the first week of class!

This 4-week intensive program provides a practical curriculum which covers lesson planning in structure, conversation, reading, pronunciation and writing. Learn how to teach students who vary in level from beginner to advanced, and learn how to deliver lessons using a wide range of effective teaching techniques. This is not a “sit back and observe” kind of class. From week one, you will have the opportunity to practice your skills on actual ESL students to help you build the confidence and training you need to become a successful teacher.

This is an intensive summer academy, designed to prepare new teachers. You will complete all coursework in a face-to-face environment. The four courses and practicum must be completed as a single unit, over the 4-week period.

Designed For

Individuals looking to teach English to students with a different primary language.

What You'll Learn

  • How to plan and deliver effective lessons for beginner through advanced learners.
  • How to teach language skills such as reading, writing, speaking, and listening.
  • How to implement lessons with a wide range of effective teaching techniques
  • How to explain the form and function of the English language.
  • How to deliver lessons to real English language learners in the UCR Intensive English Program.

What You Can Do With This Certificate

Teach English in a country in which English is not the primary language.

Teach English online, in a growing and flexible environment.

Earn transferrable units to the Professional Certificate in TESOL or the Advanced Professional Certificate in TESOL.

Required Textbooks

Harmer, Jeremy. (2015). The Practice of English Language Teaching. Pearson Longman. ISBN: 978-1-44-798025-4.

Parrot, Martin. (2010). Grammar for English Language Teachers. Cambridge University. ISBN: 978-0-52-171204-0.

  1. Download the TEFL Academy Schedule.


Program Overview


14 Units

Real People. Real Results.

“I joined the UCR Extension TEFL certificate program to gain the skills and knowledge needed to teach English abroad. A month after graduating, I landed a teaching job at a company in Beijing, China. I have only been there for two months, and it has already been the greatest experience of my life.”

Calvin Trent

English Language Teacher
Beijing, China

Earning the Certificate

Prior to enrolling, please ensure that you meet the following minimum requirements:

  • High school diploma
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Non-native English speakers must score at least 600 TOEFL and 60 TSE
  • Preferred college background, but not required

For more information see How to Earn a Certificate

Summer Academy

Fundamentals of Teaching EFL

EDUC X326.40

2 units

English Structure and Meaning for EFL Teachers

EDUC X326.44

4 units

Teaching EFL Reading & Writing Skills

EDUC X327.41

2 units

Teaching EFL Speaking & Listening Skills

EDUC X327.42

2 units

EFL Teaching Practicum

EDUC X326.48

4 units

Instructor Spotlight

“Teaching English abroad is an adventure, but it can be overwhelming if you are not well prepared. In the TEFL Program, I channel my empathy towards language learners and language teachers, and use my theoretical knowledge and practical background in the field to prepare new teachers for the experiences they are about to face. My goal is to prepare my teachers for a successful experience teaching English in a foreign country.”

Sara Brathwaite

TESOL Academic Coordinator
International Education Programs
Riverside, CA

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