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English Language Program

TEFL Certificate Program

Teaching English as a Foreign Language

The 120-hour TEFL certificate program at the ELP is designed for those who wish to teach the English language abroad. It is a four-week intensive program with 55 instructional hours, 10 practicum hours, and an additional 55 post-instructional observation hours.  The program provides students the latest techniques in effective English language acquisition and prepares practical teaching strategies to adapt to any cultural environment. The initial four-week program will consist of classes from 9:00am-3:30pm, Monday-Thursday, and the post-instructional observation hours will occur in the month following the classes. The individual post-instructional observation schedules will be set by the student and coordinator of the program to fit the student’s schedule.

Program Overview

TEFL students will:

  •  Learn the basic concepts of how language is learned 
  •  Learn current methodology and ways to assess students 
  •  Learn techniques of English teaching 
  •  Learn to plan and teach lessons 
  •  Develop classroom management skills 
  •  Experience practicum observation hours in various levels and skills of ESL instruction to experience different instructional settings 
  •  Study the differences between teaching in the United States and teaching abroad 
  •  Prepare a cover letter and resume for teaching abroad 

Students will receive a certificate of completion when they complete the following:

  1. Satisfactory attendance of 55 instructional hours
    1. Students missing more than 4 instructional hours will not receive a certificate.
    2. Students must complete and receive approval of required lesson plans for teaching practicum hours.
  2. Completion of 55 post-instructional observation hours.
  3. Completion of 10 practicum hours.
    1. 6 practicum observation hours
    2. 2 teaching practicum hours
    3. 2 intercultural activity hours

Schedule and Cost

The TEFL Certificate Course runs from May-June each summer semester as long as there are at least 6 students registered for the course. 

** Requests for refunds must be submitted to the office of the English Language Program and must be made in writing before the end of the first week of class. A 75% refund of the tuition will be issued if the student withdraws at the end of the first week of classes.


To apply for the TEFL certificate program, the student needs to hold an associate's degree or higher and demonstrate native or near-native (550 TOEFL iTP or 80 TOEFL iBT) English language proficiency. Complete the following steps to apply:

** Requests for refunds must be submitted to the office of the English Language Program and must be made in writing before the end of the first week of class. A 75% refund of the tuition will be issued if the student withdraws at the end of the first week of classes.

Student Testimonials

Colleen O'Rourke, UNF TEFL Certificate Program Fall 2015

"My experience with the TEFL certification program at the University of North Florida is best summarized by two words:  personal and enriching. The opportunity to work so closely with professional TEFL instructors set this program apart from many others. All of the instructors that my group worked under had their Master’s Degree in TEFL instruction and years of experience teaching English abroad and in the United States. The hands-on practicum section of this TEFL certification course was invaluable in helping me develop a sense of the classroom setting as it was created by professional TEFL instructors. Having these experiences in TEFL classrooms before I taught abroad meant that I embarked on my own teaching adventure feeling confident and prepared.” 

Colleen with students on mountain

Cameron Ritchlin, UNF TEFL Certificate Program Summer 2018

“There are a lot of programs to choose from when looking to get your TEFL certification; however, the University of North Florida’s English Language Program is the best you can get. From incorporating board games into lessons, singing songs, teaching without any resources at all,  to even learning to teach English with a college Chemistry book, the ELP will prepare you for anything.  

I was one of two students invited to teach Korean exchange students for the Changwon Program here at the University of North Florida. This  was a wonderful opportunity for me to try out my recently acquired skills in a real-world situation right after I had received my English Certification. At UNF, I had access to all the resources the ELP has collected and even a large lecture hall with a projector. This allowed my creativity to run wild, and I experimented heavily when designing my lessons. As a result, my students learned a lot and had a blast.   

After completing the Changwon Program, I joined the US Peace Corps and traveled to the tiny East African island nation of Comoros. Peace Corps Comoros had its own TEFL Certification program, and I found myself already far ahead of my fellow volunteers thanks to UNF. While everyone else was freaking out about and scrambling to prepare for model school week, I was powering through my lessons plans and feeling confident. At the end of model school, I tied for the highest score with a former public-school teacher who had been teaching for years. When training ended and I was sent to my site, I discovered the only English books my school had were half a set of encyclopedias from the 90s. This wasn’t a problem as I had already learned to create fun and engaging lessons from random sources thanks to an activity I had completed with the teachers at UNF. Peace Corps was a real challenge, but I found I was more than prepared to face it.

Training to be an English Teacher at UNF’s English Language Program was a fun and engaging experience. This group of experienced and dedicated teachers prepared me to teach under any condition. If you also want to be a skilled and versatile teacher, this is the program for you.” 

 Student teaching English