2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
    Apr 21, 2021  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog

Teaching English as a Foreign Language Graduate Certificate

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College: Arts and Humanities Degree: CRT
Department: Modern Languages and Literatures
Program Websites: https://mll.cah.ucf.edu/programs/ 

Program Description

The Graduate Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language prepares students with specialized knowledge and skills to teach English as a Foreign Language in overseas settings.

The program focuses on the fundamentals of EFL teaching principles and methodology, linguistics, materials/curriculum development, and assessment.

English has become the gateway to many international and technical jobs, as well as the key to entrance into institutions of higher education. The number of people interested in learning English as a second or third language is increasing steadily. With the rising demand for English instructors comes an increasing need for individuals qualified to teach English as a Foreign Language. The majority of overseas English language schools require their teachers to be certified in Teaching English as a Foreign Language. Our flexible, four-course program is taught by qualified instructors with experience in language pedagogy and overseas teaching. (Note: The TEFL Certificate Program is not designed for teachers seeking K-12 ESOL endorsement in Florida.)  

If you are looking to teach English overseas, the TEFL Certificate at UCF is your gateway to a new career.  Your courses will not only prepare you for teaching in another country, they are accredited courses that will count toward your graduate degree.


The TEFL Graduate Certificate can be completed in one or more semesters, depending on the semester of entrance. Students must consult with their adviser or the program director prior to selecting the four courses for their program. No course substitutions are allowed.

Total Credit Hours Required: 12 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor’s Degree


Though the courses may be taken in any order, it is recommended that TSL 6940 - ESOL Practicum  be taken near the end of a program of study (if that course is included).

Independent Learning

Many of the courses have service-learning or practical experience components. This is to ensure that at the end of your TEFL Graduate Certificate you have the education, experience, and expertise to teach EFL in any setting.

Application Requirements

Admission is open to those with a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution. An application to the graduate certificate program and official transcripts must be submitted. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

Meeting minimum UCF admission criteria does not guarantee program admission. Final admission is based on evaluation of the applicant’s abilities, past performance and the applicant’s potential for completing the certificate.

Application Deadlines

Teaching English as a Foreign Language Graduate Certificate *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants   Jul 1 Dec 1 Apr 1
International Applicants        
*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.

Contact Info

Graduate Program

Kerry Purmensky
Telephone: 407-823-0110
Trevor Colbourn Hall (TCH) 358A

Graduate Admissions

Mike Burke
Telephone: 407-823-2766
Millican Hall 230
Online Application
Graduate Admissions

Mailing Address

UCF College of Graduate Studies
Millican Hall 230
PO Box 160112
Orlando, FL 32816-0112

Institution Codes

GRE: 5233
TOEFL: 5233
ETS PPI: 5233

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