TEFL Practicum


The 20- or 40-hour Practicum can be added to any of CESL’s TEFL Certificate programs or taken alone as an independent component. The Practicum combines classroom observations, debriefings, assistant teaching and feedback with a CESL faculty member. It is intended to provide trainees with hands-on and authentic experience in the ESL classroom and to connect previous teacher training with classroom application and implementation. This program is offered year-round.

Pre-requisites: 50-hour TEFL 2 or 100-hour Intensive TEFL Certificate, teaching experience or coordinator consent.


  • 20-hour Practicum: $410 tuition + $30 application fee + $20 technology fee
  • 40-hour Practicum: $820 tuition + $30 application fee + $20 technology fee


All applicants should:

  • Have at least an Associate of Arts degree or international equivalent or 2 years of college-level coursework completed.
  • Have access to a reliable internet connection.
  • Students with a degree in Applied Linguistics/English, TESOL, TEFL or related fields will be reviewed for appropriate placement and may be counseled out of CESL.
  • To be accepted into any Teacher Training Program, applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate very independent English proficiency (B2 or higher according to the Common European Framework of Reference [CEFR]).


On successful completion of the TEFL Practicum, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate integration of theory, methodology, and assessment into teaching practice
  • Develop clear teaching goals and objectives for specific lesson plans, a minimum of three executed as a teacher or teaching assistant alongside a mentor teacher
  • Write effective and methodologically sound  lesson plans with  warm-up, teaching, and closing activities
  • Demonstrate a professional and culturally sensitive demeanor as appropriate throughout the TEFL program as observed daily and reflected in dress and behavior with  teachers and students
  • Synthesize theoretical and methodological terms and concepts with classroom practice
  • Reflect upon a teaching practice that begins with a lesson plan, the execution of a lesson plan, and proposes changes for future lesson plans


Questions about the course, your eligibility and potential job opportunities? Please contact us at:

Phone: +1 (520) 626-8449

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If you need assistance with the application, please contact us at cesl@email.arizona.edu or (520) 621-3637.

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