What is a TEFL Certificate?

A TEFL certificate is the entry-level qualification that most employers will look for when hiring potential English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teachers. It is recognized globally--you can see this when you look at job postings for EFL teachers, which often require applicants to have a TEFL certificate.

Who should get a TEFL certificate?

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 Technology, English and Applied Linguistics, and Langauge, Reading, and Culture.

"Even though I have lived in Tucson for ten years, this is the first time I have really studied English."