Teacher Training

Expand Your World - Teach English!

Whether you are a new or experienced teacher, CESL has classes that are right for you. Our combination of online and face-to-face options provide you with the flexibility to choose classes that work with your schedule and help you meet your goals. 

TEFL Certificate Classes

Our face-to-face Intensive classes and online sequence of Basic, Advanced, and Practicum classes culminate in a TEFL certificate that is recognized worldwide as the entry-level credential for teaching English as a foreign language (EFL). 

A TEFL certificate might be right for you if:

  • You are a first-time English teacher hoping to teach in a country where the dominant language is not English
  • You are a professional in a related field who wants insight into language learning and teaching
  • You are an experienced language teacher who wants a "refresher" course in up-to-date theory and methodology
  • You are thinking about teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language but aren't quite ready to commit to graduate school

Students who plan to teach English in the United States may be better served through the multiple graduate programs available at the University of Arizona, such as the MA programs in Second Language Learning and Educational TechnologyEnglish and Applied Linguistics, and Language, Reading, and Culture.

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Professional Development Classes

We provide two fully online classes designed to help current or experienced teachers in areas in which additional training is often needed: Pedagogical Grammar and Assessment. These fully online classes bring together teachers from around the world to discuss and analyze the issues that they encounter in their local teaching contexts and to understand and apply best practices in the field.

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Content Area Teacher Training Classes

Our Content Area Teacher Training (CATT) classes are designed to help teachers of engineering, science, medicine, and other content areas learn to deliver their classes in English. These classes are perfect for teachers whose first language is not English or teachers who are teaching content areas in English to students whose first language is not English.

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