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TEFL CertificationThis pathway to TEFL Certification is for educators and aspiring teachers who are looking for professional opportunities to develop their knowledge and skills in Teaching English as a Second, Foreign and an International Language. The program helps students understand English language structure, and the language learning and acquisition process. It also provides methods for teaching English as a second, foreign and international language to children and adults in academic, business, and other vocational settings.

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Certificate Benefits


Learner Outcomes

  • Become TEFL certified by the English Language Academy at the University of San Diego
  • Earn a certificate of completion from the University of San Diego (USD)

Who Should Attend

Recent graduates, career changers, aspiring educators and educators who wish to develop their competencies in the fields of TEFL and TESOL.  

Course Format

The Introduction to Language Teaching is delivered in the Online Fixed-Date format.

Technical Requirements

The Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Certification course is delivered in the classroom format in San Diego.


USD faculty and experienced practitioners provide a stimulating and participative learning environment.


The program consists of two courses for a total of 125 hours of instruction. Upon successful completion, students are awarded certification to teach English, which is accepted in most countries around the world.
At the University of San Diego you have the opportunity to progress through multiple levels of educational achievement by moving from TEFL to TESOL to a M.Ed. in TESOL.


Certificate Requirements

Complete the requirements below to earn a professional TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certificate.  Read Certificate Benefits and Policy.
Complete the Foundations in TEFL (2 units, 25 instructional hours)
Complete TEFL Immersion (8 units, 100 instructional hours)
The certificate can be completed in approximately three months.


USD’s English Language Academy is a member of the American Association of Intensive English Programs (AAIEP) and Association of International Educators (NAFSA).

Schedule & Fees

Course # Courses (8 units) Duration SP SU FA Fee
ELTF-X750 Foundations in TEFL (2 units) 7 weeks OFD OFD OFD $370
ELTF-X751 TEFL Immersion in San Diego (8 units) 4 weeks C C C $1050
  One Time Certificate Fee         $45
  Total Certificate Cost (2 courses)         $1,465
C = Classroom; OFD = Online Fixed-Date

Additional Details

Federal Financial Aid Available: