Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language
What is a certificate in TEFL?
The certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (EFL) provides students with appropriate skills and a credential that will enable them to teach EFL abroad. The TEFL certificate is awarded to students who successfully complete a series of five undergraduate courses offered by the Department of Applied Linguistics & ESL. The TEFL certificate is an entry-level credential for those who plan short-term stays overseas. Students who are interested in a career in teaching EFL/ESL will need to have more extensive education and certification at the master’s degree level.
Who is the certificate in TEFL for?
Students who are likely to be interested in the certificate program include those in disciplines where an extended stay abroad would enhance their skills, employment or graduate school admission possibilities upon their return. Some individuals are simply interested in the adventure of living in another culture and of gaining knowledge of the world. Other individuals who would take the certificate courses are post-baccalaureate students who are interested in working abroad but do not want to make the long term professional commitment entailed in a graduate degree in the field. Finally, majors in Language Studies interested in further graduate study in applied linguistics would be able to earn the certificate as part of their undergraduate degree requirements, thus enhancing their graduate school potential.
The TEFL certificate is intended for GSU-admitted students who take the required courses as part of their undergraduate coursework, or as post-baccalaureate students. It is not available as a continuing education program.
Courses required for the TEFL certificate
The TEFL certificate requirements consist of the following five courses:
AL 3021 Introduction to Linguistics (3 hrs.–prerequisite for the others)
AL 3041 Second Language Acquisition (3 hrs.)
AL 3051 Methods of Teaching EFL (3 hrs.)
AL 3101 English Grammar in Use (3 hrs.)
AL 4161 EFL Practicum (3 hrs.–to be taken in final semester–after AL 3051)
Notes about courses: AL 3021 is a prerequisite for AL 3041, AL 3051, and AL 4161. AL 2021 Intro to English Linguistics is a prerequisite to these courses, except for post-baccalaureate students, but students may be exempted from this requirement by taking a departmental exam. AL 3021 is the first course in the series, but may be taken in conjunction with AL 3051 and AL 3101. AL 4161 should be the last course taken, and AL 3051 is a prerequisite to this practicum course. Students must fill out an application for the TEFL certificate program before registering for AL 4161, the final course in the series.
How long does it take to earn a TEFL certificate?
Students can usually earn the TEFL certificate in a year or less. It is not possible to take all five courses in a single semester, because some courses build on others. AL 3021 is a prerequisite to all the other courses, and should be taken first. In the case of post-baccalaureate students or undergraduates beginning the coursework late in their programs of study, we can make exceptions to this prerequisite rule. Taking AL 3021 simultaneously with AL 3051 and/or AL 3101 should allow these students to finish the certificate within two semesters (dependent upon course offerings). Contact Kris Acheson-Clair, Director of the Undergraduate Program, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on exceptions to prerequisites.
Careers that the certificate prepares students for:
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor
Teachers, Except Special Education
Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education
Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education
Adult Basic and Secondary Education and Literacy Teachers and Instructors
Regular undergraduate tuition and fees
Georgia State University
Georgia State University is a leading research university located in downtown Atlanta, Georgia. The university is the second largest in the state and the largest in the Atlanta metropolitan area, with a total enrollment of approximately 35,000 students from all 50 states and 117 countries. The university offers 52 undergraduate and graduate degree programs with more than 200 majors. There are six college-level units of the university: Arts and Sciences, Business, Education, Health and Human Services, Law, and Policy Studies.
Dr. Stephanie Lindemannan
Department of Applied Linguistics & ESL
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