What does Georgetown’s TEFL Certificate look like?

Part 1: The Online Course

The 16-week online portion of the course is designed with the recognition that many of our students are also working full-time. With that in mind, you don’t need to be available at any particular time to participate in the online course. Instead, you can watch recorded lectures and demonstration videos, read articles and textbook chapters, and complete weekly assignments on your own schedule.

Despite this, the online TEFL course still offers plenty of opportunities for interaction with Dr. Sherry Steeley and your fellow students. All students take part in discussion boards and interactive blogging, and Dr. Steeley provides individual feedback to every student.

You should expect to spend an average of 12 hours each week doing homework and participating in discussions during the online course. You will also complete observations of English as a Foreign Language classes in your local community as part of this course.

“Georgetown's TEFL course was just the right mix of guided independent study, online discussion and practical application through practice teaching.” – C.P., Fall 2010 TEFL Graduate

Part 2: The Practicum

The TEFL Certificate culminates in an intensive 5-day practicum that includes methodology sessions, practice teaching, and feedback sessions in a real classroom setting. During the practicum, you will teach lessons to EFL/ESL students from the local community using the principles learned in the online course.

The practicum takes place on Georgetown University’s main campus in Washington, DC over either five Saturdays or in a weeklong session (spring only). Each day of the practicum typically starts at 9 am and concludes at 5 pm (Saturdays) or 1 pm to 8 pm (weeklong sessions). The practicum includes a total of 10 hours of teaching time.