Teaching English as a Foreign Language Certificate

Georgetown University’s Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL*) Certificate Program is an innovative program that combines the flexibility and convenience of an online course with the dynamic interaction of an in-person practicum. This intensive program is designed to prepare trainees for TEFL instruction, either for a new career in the TEFL field or for additional teaching qualifications. The curriculum, taught by expert faculty with years of experience in the field, emphasizes Communicative Language Teaching and focuses on the practical application of foundation theory.

The first unit, TEFL Online, runs for 19 consecutive weeks. Students collaborate with fellow classmates and the instructor through an online learning system. Log in to the system from anywhere in the world at the convenience of your own schedule! Students learn through interactive video models and blogging, as well as reading, reflections, and weekly assignments that provide performance-based assessment of instructional planning skills, analysis of student needs, and classroom applications. Additionally, trainees gain further knowledge regarding effective classroom practices and the characteristics of good teaching by observing English classes in their local neighborhood.

The second unit, TEFL Practicum, is a 5-day intensive program that takes place at Georgetown University and includes teaching observation and teaching practice. During the practicum, trainees conduct a needs assessment and develop curriculum for English learners from a wide array of backgrounds.

Trainees must successfully complete both TEFL Online and TEFL Practicum in order to receive the TEFL Certificate – these courses are not offered separately. At the end of the program, our graduates are able to enter the job market or postgraduate programs with a certificate from Georgetown University, as well as a substantial teaching portfolio that clearly demonstrates the skills and knowledge acquired.

* While this certificate program is titled "Teaching English as a Foreign Language," or TEFL, the training provided is also appropriate for prospective trainees in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL), or Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). See the FAQs for more information on the difference between TESL, TESOL, and TEFL.