ACP Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)

Internship now availableOverview

Our fully-accredited TEFL Certificate Program thoughtfully combines current trends in language teaching pedagogy with traditional best practices in the language teaching field. Whether your aim is to teach adults, children, or both, our program content carefully addresses these unique audiences. This is a full-time, daytime program.


  • Campus PhotoFurther your career as an English teacher
  • Learn best practices of various current and traditional methodologies from distinguished teacher-trainers
  • Attend local and/or regional professional CATESOL conferences to explore the most recent trends and developments
  • Network with professionals in the TESL/TEFL field
  • Observe teachers in American ESL classrooms, plan and conduct lessons at an American school
  • Practice your teaching skills in a classroom setting
  • Develop the skills you need to succeed in further post-graduate studies in TEFL and related fields
  • Gain real-life teaching experience by engaging in an internship

Admission Requirements

A minimum score of 80 on the iBT TOEFL, 550 on the PBT TOEFL, 770 on the TOEIC, or 6.5 on the IELTS is required for admission to this program.

Certificate Requirements

A certificate is awarded upon completion of the following nine required courses in an intensive three-month schedule with a grade of “C” or better in each course.

All certificate programs at UC Irvine Extension require professional-level English language proficiency in listening and note-taking, reading comprehension and vocabulary, written expression, and oral presentation. International students who do not meet certificate program admissions requirements are invited to enroll in one of our English Language Programs.

Accredited by CEA

Hae Lim Kim“Even as an experienced EFL teacher, I learned a lot from this program. It has well-prepared me to return home with additional skills to enhance my career.”
Hae Lim Kim

Program Cost

Tuition: $7,500 (Approximate total cost: $12,300 USD, excludes airfare)

Tuition for applications received by March 31, 2015:
  • Internship: $2,100
Tuition effective April 1, 2015:
  • Internship: $2,400


Apr 1 - Jun 13
Mar 31 - Jun 12
Sept 30 - Dec 12
Sept 29 - Dec 11


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Introduction to an ACP

Gain an overview of the American higher educational system and acquire the academic skills to ensure your success in an ACP.


  • TEFL Professional Workshops
  • Introduction to Language Learning Theories
  • Methods of TEFL
  • Teaching the Skills
  • Teaching Pronunciation Skills
  • Teaching Young Learners (K-12)
  • Student Placement & Feedback
  • Teaching Practice