TEFL Certification from International House UC Berkeley

Earn an internationally recognized TEFL certificate from the Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership (CIL) at International House UC Berkeley and qualify for ESL teaching positions all over the world!

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Why TEFL from International House at UC Berkeley?

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The Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership (CIL) at International House UC Berkeley

An expert in global leadership consulting, coaching, and training. The Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership (CIL) at International House UC Berkeley is a center of excellence for advancing leadership, understanding, and collaboration across cultures. Consultants have decades of experience providing leadership consulting, coaching, and training across a wide range of sectors, equipping professionals to work effectively in today's global marketplace.

A leader in education. UC Berkeley is a place where the brightest minds from across the globe come together to explore, ask questions, and improve the world. As the world's #1 public university and #4 global university (according to U.S. News rankings), UC Berkeley has an unparalleled international reputation.

Experiential approach to professional development and continuing education. Learners gain practical skills and strategies through a unique interactive online experience. Going beyond traditional lecture-based learning, our online course provides you with tangible skills and tools maximize your effectiveness in the classroom and beyond.

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There are no prerequisites to enroll in this TEFL course, so enrollment can be completed at any time and you can begin the course instantly!

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On average, students finish in 6 - 12 weeks with 2 - 3 hours of study a day.

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Who is a TEFL certification for?

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University Graduates

A university graduate, or soon-to-be graduating student, seeking an exciting opportunity to work, travel and broaden their horizons.

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Online Teachers

New and experienced teachers looking to supplement their income from home or university graduates seeking a remote work opportunity while traveling.

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Aspiring Teachers

Teachers new to teaching with no formal teaching experience, with or without a teaching license or qualifications.

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Experienced Educators

Educators with a teaching license seeking a professional development certification to prepare for teaching English language learners.

120-hour Course Curriculum

This course is delivered in a 120-hour and 100% online format. The course curriculum introduces you to the fundamentals of teaching, equips you to teach the English language and prepares you for your new life living and teaching abroad.

Core Curriculum

Module 1 Intro to TEFL 10 hours
Module 2 Components of Language 5 hours
Module 3 The Role of Teachers 5 hours
Module 4 Lesson Planning Foundations 10 hours
Module 5 Effective Classroom Skills and Management 10 hours
Module 6 Teaching Reading 7.5 hours
Module 7 Teaching Listening 7.5 hours
Module 8 Teaching Writing 7.5 hours
Module 9 Teaching Grammar 7.5 hours
Module 10 Teaching Speaking 7.5 hours
Module 11 Resources, Games and Materials 7.5 hours
Module 12 Teaching Pronunciation 7.5 hours
Module 13 Teaching Vocabulary 7.5 hours


International Teaching and Global Effectiveness


Module 14 Humans and Culture 4 hours
Module 15 Navigating the Intercultural Development Continuum 4 hours
Module 16 The DIVER Tool 3 hours
Module 17 Effectiveness in the Classroom 3 hours
Module 18 Effectiveness in the Classroom Part 2 3 hours
Module 19 Facing Complex Power Dynamics 3 hours
Total Hours 120 hours

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes! As an internationally recognized qualification to teach English abroad, a TEFL certification is a common requirement set by most international employers. While you may come across the occasional job posting where a TEFL certification is not explicitly listed as a requirement, being TEFL certified will help you stand out among other candidates when applying for jobs teaching English abroad.

This TEFL course is 100% online and self-paced. This means you can begin at any time, study at your own pace and complete the course alongside your work, school or family schedule!

A TEFL certification is the ESL qualification of choice for hiring schools all around the world, however, there’s no single international accrediting body in place (yet) to govern TEFL course standards.

No accrediting body also means there is no single organization regulating the quality of TEFL courses, so anyone can create and sell a TEFL course. This accounts for the huge range in both price and quality of the sometimes overwhelming number of TEFL course offerings currently on the market.

As a general rule, a reputable TEFL course should come in around the $1,000 USD mark.

On average, this TEFL course takes approximately 6-12 weeks to complete. However, the course is completely self-paced and students are given one year to complete it.

For more answers to common questions related to getting TEFL certified, check out our guide to TEFL certification.

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